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Chasing Your Child’s Dreams Together

One of our Reed family traditions is to set goals at the beginning of each new year. It offers a natural opportunity for reflection, renewal, and fresh beginnings. It’s also the perfect time to sit down for a special meal together and celebrate as we reflect on the past year’s crazy moments, funny events, and successful achievements.

For us, this looked like having breakfast at a local diner that served pancakes bigger than the plate they were served on. During this time, we’d always laugh a lot, remembering the fun, funny, and happy events from the past year. We concluded our traditional breakfast with a time of dreaming about and planning for the coming year.

Tina and I believe that setting goals is important for life. It’s not just about reaching a specific endpoint, but it’s about the journey, too. We believed that guiding our kids in the practice of goal-setting was important, even at an early age.

Setting goals fosters purpose, teaches life skills, lays the foundation for success, builds confidence, promotes a growth mindset, and demonstrates responsibility. In addition, it enhances motivation, nurtures resiliency, and encourages positive relationships…all important stuff.

We’d change up our goal-setting conversation each year, but we would usually discuss one of the below three topics:

1) What is 1 Habit you’d like to Start and 1 Habit you’d like to Stop

2) Pick a Word or a Phrase that you’d like to better live out and be known for

3) Select 1 Goal for each of the Following Areas of your Life – Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual, Relational (see my short post from last year, Helping Your Kids Have Their Best Year Ever)

Helping your kids set goals is a gift that keeps on giving. It equips and empowers them to succeed in life as they reach for the stars and turn their dreams into reality.

Here’s a little 1-page resource we just put together for you to download: “SMART Goal Setting Form”

I just prayed a blessing over everyone who reads this. Happy New Year!


  • Chris Reed | Pastor to Parents | Saddleback Church

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Pastor to Singles and Pastor to Marriages. He is currently our Pastor to Parents leading the charge for all things Parents Ministry at Saddleback. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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