Jasmyn, 12 and Whitney Dew have made gymnastics success a New Year’s resolution.
Jasmyn, 12 and Whitney Dew have made gymnastics success a New Year’s resolution. Christopher Chan

Resolutions not just for adults

ALTHOUGH typical New Year's Eve resolutions include goals such as quitting smoking or losing weight, aspirations for the new year aren't confined to adults.

PCYC gymnastics instructor Dave Capill said setting goals with your children for the new year is a healthy and positive activity for families.

"I think some great New Year's resolutions for kids involve goals such as gaining a new hobby or being more active," he said.

"There's so much technology which encourages kids to stay inside these days, I think having aspirations to get into a sport or become more active after school is a really good thing."

Gladstone mum Amy Dew agreed, stating that both her daughters have goals they want to achieve in 2012.

"I think it's really good for them to have a healthy sense of competition and to have goals they are focused on achieving," she said.

"They train a lot of hours for gymnastics, so it's good for them to be ambitious and want to jump that next hurdle or reach that next level."

She said for children who may not currently be involved in an extra-curricular activity or sport, joining a team or becoming more active could be a good goal for them to set in 2012.

"I see so many benefits that come from my girls being involved in a hobby that they love and are really dedicated to," she said.

"Even aside from a fitness and health perspective, being committed to a hobby like gymnastics teaches them about values such as discipline and team work. It boosts their self esteem as well as giving them a sense of security.

"I also think it helps them with their school work."

Fifteen-year-old Whitney Dew had very specific New Year's resolutions in mind.

"I want to pass level 7 and place at the state championships," she said.

Little sister Jasmyn, 12, echoed her resolutions for the next year.

"My New Year's resolution next year is to go to nationals for acro and place," she said.

Ms Dew said the fact both her daughters had specific goals they wanted to achieve made her proud.

"I love that they have their own specific goals, things they are committed to doing. They are thinking and planning ahead. It makes me incredibly proud."

 

Activities this week

  • Head down to the movies - heaps of great flicks in at the moment
  • SUNfest is approaching January 9
  • Drawing Life for Kids is on January 14 at the Gallery / Museum, based on the Matisse exhibition at GOMA.


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