It's the time of the year when children make ‘informed' New Year resolutions.

From studying better, to being a better friend, to behaving better at home, children resolve to change. And unlike elders, most of them go the extra mile to abide by them. Many have come up with thoughtful resolutions, this year too.

Self-improvement

Take Roshan Chandy, a Std VII student of Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery, who wants to draw a clear line between serious studies and having fun. He is among the few children who do not want the media, computers and the Internet to ‘take over my life'. “Children must have a specific time to watch television. They must also take care to watch only programmes that are meant for them. Though becoming perfect may be tough, I will try my best to improve in all spheres of life as compared to 2009,” says Roshan, who has a keen interest in learning about the past.

“I will help my parents with household chores to lessen their burden,” says Namitha Rebecca George, a Std X student of Toc-H Public School, Vytilla. She also wants to join the campaign to reduce the weight of school bags/books and another resolution is to help students shortlist three or four subjects of their choice to study, once they pass out of Std VIII. “I would also like the State Government to clamp down on hartals and strictly enforce the Goonda Act.”

Gokul Dipu, a Std V student of the Edapally Government UP School, is disheartened by the fact that he could not visit his hometown this Christmas vacation. “This year, I hope to read more and get more insight on how computers, telephone, remote control etc., function. I would also be a better brother to my sister Gouri,” he says.

A Std IV student of St Paul's International School, Kalamassery, Hazel Mary, would like to get up early all through this year and do yoga. “I have to focus more on learning Hindi and also increase my collection of Nancy Drew books.”

Among those who would like to limit the number of friends is Srihari G, a Std VIII student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kadavanthra. “I must also stop fighting with my little sister Sreelakshmi.” He intends to study better, while at the same time focusing more on his hobby — coin collection.