TODAY   |  January 18, 2014

Kids offer advice on sticking to New Year’s resolutions

For adults who may be spending more than they make, one child offered this advice: “I would tell them to just ignore what they want for awhile.” TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> if you're just waking up and you want to "get fit today," you may already have a workout plan for this morning. congratulations, because you're probably sticking to your new year's resolution. but we're not even three weeks into january and already millions of people have abandoned theirs. why is that, jenna?

>> it is a very tough question. some people go too big, and that's their problem on their vows to get fit and eat better, and they set lofty goals that they have a hard time sticking to. or maybe it's that we're all trying a little bit too hard. i decided to ask the experts, the real experts, even if they are only 8 years old. it's become a right of new year's passage, make your resolutions, flip the calendar, break your resolutions.

>> my new year's resolution for 2014 is to lose 10 pounds.

>> i don't make new year's resolutions because i don't stick to them.

>> people choose to make new year's resolutions because the start of the year feels like a beginning.

>> so, why make them only to break them? why do most of us fall short less than three weeks into the new year? it got me thinking, maybe we make our resolutions too late in life. so, to get a different perspective, i went to a younger age. mrs. anderson's second grade class at roscoe wilson elementary school in lubbock, texas. are you guys making new year's resolutions at this age?

>> yes.

>> yes.

>> you are?

>> yes.

>> for real?

>> yes!

>> what's your new year's resolution, jack?

>> mine is to eat less.

>> to eat less, okay. might as well be, say, an adult. [ inaudible ] oh, wow, that's not too bold. that is fantastic. this year's list-makers include all your basics, like saving money and getting organized. what do you think an adult means when they say, for my resolution, i want to get more organized?

>> like one side of dolls and one side of cars or something.

>> exactly. now, what if i said that your parents are talking about becoming more fiscally organized? what do you think i mean there? it's hard to save money, right? what advice would you give to an adult who's having a hard time saving money?

>> i would tell them to just ignore what they want for a while.

>> only 8% of americans will be successful in achieving their resolutions in 2014 , which brings us to january 17th . ditch new year's resolution day.

>> people have difficulty sustaining resolutions because it takes tremendous willpower, and willpower ebbs over time .

>> the number one new year's resolution is to lose weight . how many of you guys have heard your parents talk about wanting to lose weight ?

>> a thousand times.

>> a thousand times you've heard it? what do you think is so hard about losing weight ? they forget?

>> and eat junk food .

>> that is just digging into the mindset of an adult. now, do you have any advice?

>> i think the other grown-up that is skinnier should hide all the junk food .

>> and they'll lose weight .

>> and they will lose weight .

>> if only it was that