At the end of a year, we’re given an opportunity to honor where we’ve been and consider where we want to go. Teens get extra excited about their future when they take time to celebrate their past successes and create plans for making their dreams come true. This holiday season, when you’re spending quality time with your teen, use these open-ended questions to spark meaningful reflections and conversations about what’s possible in the new year.
Reflecting on the Past Year:
What was important for me this passed year?
What was challenging for me this passed year?
What was wonderful this passed year?
How did I make it through the hard times?
What were my best times?
How did I change as a person/friend/student/daughter?
Reflecting on the Now:
What feels good about my life right now?
What am I grateful for right now?
What does it feel like to me right now?
What is important to me right now?
What am I happy about right now?
What would I like to change about my life right now?
What would I like to change about myself right now?
Planning for the Future:
How can I be more authentically myself in this New Year?
What kind of person/friend/student/daughter do I want to be?
How do I want to show up in the world?
What do I want for myself this year?
What do I want to feel like?
What am I looking forward to?
What do I want to accomplish?
What gifts do I want to share with the world this year?
What small steps can I take to create these positive changes?
When engaging in a goal setting conversation, listen with an open mind and open heart. Your teen will appreciate your interest and respect, and you will gain a little extra insight into her world which will help you support her in being her best in 2018!