Kids make their New Year’s resolutions

January 1, 2014

Anika & LilyBy D’Ann Rohrer, MCP Correspondent.

LUDINGTON — Many children, when asked the question “What is your New Year’s resolution,” answered with, “What is a resolution?”  The definition shared was, a firm decision to do or not to do something in the year 2014.

According to Psychology Today website 50% of adults in North America will make resolutions.  The top two resolutions involve improving ones health or decreasing ones consumption, many kids look at it a little differently.

Even though I received some blank looks most kids were able to come up with a resolution that worked for them.

Aylin Davila, a second grader at Scottville Elementary said, “To complete the rock wall.” She was trying to successfully climb across the rock wall at Sandcastles Children’s Museum, in downtown Ludington.  Even though she wasn’t successful New Year’s Eve she will return to continue striving towards her goal.

Some of the kid’s resolutions may need some adults help like eight year old Jada Lucas who is a third grader at Lighthouse Baptist Academy said, “To go to Florida and Disney World.”  Her father stated they were just there on a two week vacation.

On the practical side some area kids said, “To keep my room clean,” Adrian Briones, a seventh grader from Walkerville.

“To make more friends,” Sophie Dickson, an 8th grader at OJ DeJonge Middle School.

Some civil minded resolutions included Lily Bradley’s statement, “To help more in our community.”  She is an eighth grader at OJ.

“I want to live my life and have fun and help more around the city,” Alecianna Pringle, a fourth grader at Foster Elementary.  I’m sure our new Mayor Ryan Cox will find ways to include these young citizens.

How about the resolutions parents like to hear.  Rolando Dila, a fifth grader at Foster Elementary states, “Get better grades in school.”

Anika Korendyke an eighth grader at OJ shares, “To be nicer to my sisters.”

“I want to learn more about doctor stuff,” Maggie Autrey, first grader Franklin Elementary.

“To take better care of my bunny, Daisy,” Karina Korendyke, sixth grader who attends OJ.

“To eat healthier,” Aubrey Pomorski, also a sixth grader at OJ.

“Be able to do my devotions every day,” Alexander Wright, ninth grader Ludington High School.

“Not being such a picky eater,” Aubrey Howe, fourth grader at Foster.

Even 4-year-old Rhet Johnson said, “I’m going to do nothing.”  Well that could be a good thing. He attends preschool at Oceana Christian School, OCS.

Resolutions to make teachers happy.

“To learn to write in cursive,” Natalie Carlson, second grader at Beagle Elementary, Grand Ledge, Michigan.

“Do more homework,” Myca Johnson a second grader at OCS.

“To pay attention in class,” Trevor Burden, ninth grader LHS.

“To actually pass math,” Dianca Kirk, ninth grader LHS.

“To get on A-B honor roll.”  Shyann Seaton, fourth grader Scottville Upper Elementary.

“Be more creative and do more art projects,” Reese Carlson, a fifth grader at Beagle Elementary Grand Ledge, Michigan.

Resolutions coaches like to hear.

“To stick my round off back handspring back tuck,” Erin Reilly fifth grader at Foster.

“Not to quit basketball and to have fun,” Jennika Cook, fifth grader, Baldwin Elementary.

Unique resolutions included, “I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions because I believe reflection should happen all year,” Ella Jarvis, ninth grader at LHS.

“Do the same things I did this year, cause this year was great,” Veronica Castillo, senior at LHS.

Some resolutions that sound similar to adults, “To eat less junk food,” Brooke Nash, eighth grader OJ.

“To get in shape,” Brandee Lathers, seventh grader OJ.

Considering half of resolutions by adults are broken within the first three months I wish these kids luck with their resolutions.  Goals are good thing to create for ourselves, they give us something to strive for and when we achieve them it feels great.

Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions.  To increase your chances of sticking to your resolution make it something that can be measured, avoid vague resolutions.  Instead of saying, “Exercise more,” say, “Exercise for 30 minutes three times a week”.  It will be more achievable and you can say, “Yes” I did it.

Happy New Year!


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