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Goals and Objectives for Teenagers

by K. Nola Mokeyane

Adolescence is a developmentally significant time for young men and women. Many teens are strengthening their social skills, concerned about their academic performance and considering several occupations. Parents, mentors and guidance counselors working closely with adolescents can help them become successful in these areas by teaching them how to set goals and objectives. When your teen sets realistic goals and creates daily or monthly objectives, she will learn that she can accomplish anything that her heart desires.

Academic Goals

It's common for teens to set goals to improve their academic grades. According to the Minnesota State University module "Learning Objectives," one of the main differences between goals and objectives is that goals are broad and objectives are more precise, concrete and measurable. For instance, if your son wants to improve his science grade, his goal might be to raise his grade of C to B, but his specific objective might be to obtain a tutor or increase studying by 30 minutes each day.

Social and Emotional Goals

Adolescents need social and emotional skills in order to form healthy relationships with others, according to the American Psychological Association (APA) in its booklet on "Developing Adolescents." The APA states that emotional intelligence, which involves self-awareness and relationship skills, is essential to teens forming quality relationships. A viable social and emotional goal for your teen could be to learn to manage anger in order to have better relationships with others. An objective could be to practice deep-breathing techniques at least three times a week when anger arises.

Vocational Goals

In their high-school years, teens often begin to construct short- and long-term career goals and objectives. Some teens seek part-time employment to have more money to buy their favorite items, which also provides them with useful workforce training. Career goals for teens include finding summer internship or employment opportunities in their desired career field, or finding a mentor to help them gain practical career knowledge. A viable objective for these goals is to speak with guidance counselors at least twice a month to obtain career and mentor information.

Extracurricular Goals

Setting a goal to find hobbies and engage in physical activity is a worthwhile endeavor, as teens become more self-conscious of their body image and desire to learn more about themselves and their personal interests. Extracurricular goals include going out for a high-school sports team or club, such as chess or debate team. Objectives in these areas include practicing twice a week for a particular sport or club interest, weightlifting, or attending a summer camp to strengthen skills.

About the Author

K. Nola Mokeyane has written professionally since 2006, and has contributed to various online publications, including "Global Post" and Modern Mom. Nola enjoys writing about health, wellness and spirituality. She is a member of the Atlanta Writer's Club.

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