What do parents want to see their children accomplish in 2013?
Clean their room and get more engaged at school according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive.
When asked which New Year's resolutions, if any, they would select on behalf of their children, parents picked the following:
- Clean up their room more often (47%)
- Be more engaged in school (33%)
- Have healthier eating habits (33%)
- Get more physical activity (33%)
- Play fewer video and computer games (29%)
Other resolutions parents wished their children would make include minding manners (24%), better hygiene (22%), texting less and reading more (21%) and being a better friend (11%).
Overall, the survey speaks to the desire for kids to take personal responsibility, be engaged, and make good choices, from cleaning up their rooms to developing healthy eating habits to doing their homework.
The resolutions parents chose confirm the findings of cognitive scientists - that much of life's success is made up of a series of well-executed basics repeated over time.
“When we get older, it's all about losing a kilo or two. But when we're younger, it's about finding our way in the world, about building the habits and reinforcing the behaviours that bring out our best selves,” said Dr Michael Maslayak, an education expert .