Find out what daily goals will set your child up for life-long success!
(Recommended for parents with children ages 4 and up.)

Customize Daily Habits to set your child up for emotional, social and academic success!

As parents, we all want the very best for our children. This quiz is designed for you to customize daily tools that support your child to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.

Since the brain changes through repeated actions and experiences this quiz provides you with daily goals that strengthen the circuits in the brain that foster the most meaningful qualities in your child’s behavior.

Take a moment to find five deep breaths and consider what would serve you and your child.

1. What quality are you most proud to see in your child’s behavior?

  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Self-regulation
  • Kindness / Compassion
  • Focus
  • Inner-peace
  • Another Quality   

2. What is one quality you want to see more of in your child?

  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Self-regulation
  • Kindness / Compassion
  • Focus
  • Inner-peace

ANSWER GUIDE:

For the second question if you answered:

1. Resilience

You want your child to be more resilient.

Let’s set your child up with the Daily Goals to do that!

Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations. We can all use some daily tools to be more resilient!

Here are three Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of resilience.

a. Gratitude Journal: For five minutes, journal and reflect on any difficulties of the day and include five things you are grateful for, i.e. grateful for my home and food.

b. Resilience Affirmations: Look in a mirror and recite aloud affirmations such as, “I succeed in all areas of my life” or “When difficulties arise I know I can get through them”.

c. Reframing “difficulties”: Think of one thing that was difficult today, and then focus on one thing you learned from it.

2. Confidence

You want your child to be more confident.

Confidence is the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something and have firm trust within themselves or another.

The Latin root in the word confidence means “faith”. Walking with faith in ourselves is one of the best feelings we can have. Let’s give that gift to our child!

Here are two Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of confidence.

a. Positive Affirmations: Look in a mirror and recite aloud five affirmations, i.e. “I am so beautiful” or “I am so smart.”

b. Be of Service: Ask yourself every morning “what do I want to offer this world?” Offer to help someone in the family, i.e. take the trash out, help out with dinner.

3. Self- regulation

You want your child to have more self-regulation.

Let’s set you your child up with the Daily Goals to do that!

Research consistently shows that self-regulation is necessary for reliable emotional wellbeing. Behaviorally, self-regulation is the ability to act in your long-term best interest, consistent with your deepest values.

Here are three Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of self- regulation.

a. Life Values: Write down five values that you want to live by. Write down your definition of each value, i.e. joy, laughter, and kindness. (This is recommended for a monthly goal.)

b. Daily Values: Focus on one of your five values each day. Follow that value throughout each conversation. Journal about the difficulties you might have had in following your value, i.e. Monday is kindness, and Tuesday is joy.

c. Four Count Breath: Set a timer on your phone for 3-5 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position with your chest open. Breathe in for four, and breathe out for four. If you are having trouble staying focused, then imagine seeing each number in your mind’s eye as you count.

4. Kindness / Compassion

You want your child to have more kindness and compassion

Let’s set your child up with the Daily Goals to do that!

Compassion is a quality where you feel love, empathy, and connection with another human being.

Kindness is an action that uplifts and inspires another. The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. When we help others or focus on our bigger-than-self goals, it changes our neurochemistry and physical stress response from one of fear and overwhelms to the biology of hope and courage.

Here are two Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of compassion.

a. Compassionate Wishes: Take 10 breathes into your heart and think of one person in your life that you dearly love. Imagine that you can send them love and say “May they be happy. May they be healthy. May they be peaceful and content. May they be safe. May they feel so loved”.

b. Acts of Kindness: Offer some kind words or a kind action to a friend or a family, i.e. give a genuine compliment, welcome a new student by offering a place for her/him to sit at lunch.

5. Focus

You want your child to have more focus

Let’s set your child up with the Daily Goals to do that!

Focus is the ability to set your mind to something and stay present with it.

When we practice on focusing on our heart and minds desire, we can accomplish ANYTHING!

Here are two Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of focus.

a. Mindful Breathing: Lie on your back with your legs flat on the floor and your arms by your sides. If you like, you can close your eyes. Feel the back of your head touching the floor. Now feel your shoulders, your upper back, your arms, your hands, your lower back, your legs, and your feet touching the floor. Notice what it feels like to breathe in and out. There’s no right or wrong way to breathe. It doesn’t matter if your breathing is fast or slow, deep or shallow.

b. Super-Hero Meditation: Sit or lay in a comfortable position and close your eyes and imagine yourself as a superhero for 3-5 minutes. What kind of superhero are you? What are your superpowers? Imagine what your wearing and who you are helping.

6. Inner-peace

You want your child to have inner-peace

Let’s set your child up with the Daily Goals to do that!

Inner-peace is an overall sense of wellbeing. Quiet and content with life circumstances.

No matter where we are at in life this is our deepest desire underneath everything we do.

Here are two Daily Goals that show significant brain shifts to developing the quality of inner-peace.

a. Belly Breaths: Before bedtime, take 10 long and deep belly breaths. Place both of your hands on your belly and feel your belly rise on the inhale sink on the exhale.

b. The Peace Breath: Breathe for 3-5 minutes while counting to three on the inhale, and four on the exhale. As your lungs expand with practice see if you can count to five on the exhale. If you are having trouble focusing say “I am at Peace” on each exhale.

Do you want more family mindful fun?
Check out this free Mini book of mindfulness games to play with your whole family.