Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Some people write down their resolutions, so they’ll have a visual reminder of what they want to change in the coming year. “I like New Year’s because it’s a chance to start all over again,” 10-year-old Anessa Stoney told the Toledo Blade, her hometown newspaper in Toledo, Ohio.

Like a lot of kids, Anessa has made a New Year’s resolution – something she wants to change or do better in the coming year.

“To get all A’s,” she told Blade reporter Federico Martinez.

In fact, when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting better grades is a pretty popular one.

“I want to be a better person by changing my grades, studying harder and doing acts of kindness,” said Rona Harris, a fifth-grader at Chateau Estates Elementary School in Kenner, Louisiana, in an interview with the Times-Picayune newspaper.

Classmate Reginald Scott said something similar, only more concisely:  “To be better and to be smarter.”

And some were more specific.

“Something I want to do better in the New Year is to read more books,” said Sara Morales, a student at Shenandoah Elementary School in Shenandoah, Iowa, according to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, her local newspaper.  “Because at home, I don’t read much.”

Some kids are resolving to be nicer to the people they love.

“In 2013, I will try to be more nice to my sister,” said Shenandoah Elementary student Baylee Baldwin, according to the Nonpareil.  “I will try not to kick, hit and yell at her like she does to everyone.  I will (also) help her with lots of things, like homework.”

“My New Year’s Resolution is to behave in public better, like not bugging my parents at stores or when we see the ice cream truck coming,” added fellow Shenandoah student Madison Baker.

Some kids are making health-related resolutions.

“My resolution is to exercise more,” said Chateau Estates fourth-grader Loren Lovely, according to the Times-Picayune.

“My New Year’s resolution is eating healthier and save my money, because I am trying to be more responsible and physically fit,” said Jacen Kallner, a fifth-grader at Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy in Columbus, Georgia, in an interview with Columbus TV station WTVM.

Chateau Estates fifth-grader Michael Herrera’s goal is a little more focused, apparently.

“I want to get muscles,” he said, according to the Times-Picayune.

Some kids are concerned about the environment.

“My New Year’s resolution is to recycle more,” said Shenandoah Elementary student Cassidy Morris, according to the Nonpareil.  “The Earth needs recycling going on because it is going to be filled with trash (otherwise).”

Some kids are resolving to help other people.

“I want to do community outreach, because, like, my mom does it,” Hannan Elementary fifth-grader Auston Shingles told WTVM reporter Mackenzie Zaragoza.  “I helped her on a couple houses.  And it’s just really fun.”

And some kids are apparently just in it for themselves.

“My New Year’s resolution is to be more responsible at home, so I can get stuff like toys,” said Shenandoah Elementary student Jesse Lytle, according to the Nonpareil.

And some kids have made resolutions that can only be described as unique.

“My New Year’s resolution is to eat the world’s largest hamburger,” Hannan student Ethan O’Berry told WTVM.  “I think it’d be pretty cool to get in the book of records and have eaten the biggest hamburger.”

Whatever your resolution might be, have a happy 2013.