New Year’s resolutions for kids

Have a kiddo in your life who wants to get in on the New Year’s resolutions craze? Well, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with a list of age-appropriate resolution ideas.

Here are a few of the suggestions:


  • I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
  • I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
  • I will talk with my parent or trusted adult when I need help or am scared.

Kids 5 to 12 years old:

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water most days. Soda and fruit drinks are only for special times.
  • I will try to find a sport or an activity that I like and do it at least three times a week.
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car.
  • I will tell an adult about bullying that I see or hear so I can help to keep school safe for everyone.

Kids 13 years and older:

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will only drink soda at special times.
  • I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing or talking about my problem.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and e-cigarettes.
  • I agree to not use a cell phone or text message while driving.

For the full list, visit the organization’s website.

Marissa Harshman

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at or 360-735-4546.

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