Thursday, December 3, 2020

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family 

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

With every day that comes is a chance to learn and improve, but there is one day in particular that many people choose to implement their biggest lifestyle changes; New Year’s Day. 

Everyone has personal goals they would like to achieve, but working those goals into your family life can be hard and this is where many people see their hopes come crashing down. If you really want to change your lifestyle, try choosing things you can do as a family. You'll also be teaching your children good habits. 

Here are six New Year’s resolutions you can do as a family that will improve your bond and family dynamic.  

1. Reduce Screen Time

Everyone is guilty of spending a little bit too much time staring at a screen, so it’s a good idea to set a goal for your whole family to reduce their screen time. You can do this by limiting how many hours are spent watching TV, playing video games or scrolling on a phone. A good idea is to designate ‘screen off’ times during the day and at night, such as no TV until after dinner and screens must be switched off for at least an hour before bed time. 

The benefits of reduced screen time are wondrous. For children, less time staring at the small screen could enhance their school performance, on the other hand for adults, no blue light before bed could improve their quality of sleep. 

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

2. Get Outside More

It’s a trap we all fall into from time to time, but going outside and doing things as a family is not only good for your household dynamic, but for your health, too. Making the effort to go for a walk on the weekend or to the park after school is a good way to incorporate more movement into your life – even if it is just for an hour. Since parks opened up again in our area, every time we have a day off of school we try to go to a new park for a couple of hours. It's fun to try out new places! 

3. Give Generously

We could all be a bit more generous and selfless, so why not make a commitment that the whole family donates to or does something for charity once a month? Whether you choose to help out at the local animal shelter or donate money to build a water pump in a deprived community, getting involved as a family is a small change that can make a big difference. You will be teaching your children good values and that they can help make a difference! 

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

4. Take Time Out

When everyone in your house has conflicting schedules, it can seem like you rarely get to spend time together as a family unit. To combat this, make it a priority to spend time together as a family. Right now that could be movie nights, family games or puzzles, making dinner together, or driving around to see Christmas lights. In Non-Covid times take a family vacation once a year. Whether it’s two weeks somewhere hot or a weekend away in the woods, spending time together as a family is essential. Vacations or Holidays make people feel happier and more relaxed, so if your family could do with letting their hair down, a vacation is the way to go. 

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

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5. Eat Together

Many families get at home at different times and eat have different eating schedules as a consequence. Sometimes, it’s easier to let the children go off and eat in their rooms while you eat on the sofa, but this is a major contributor to lapses in communication. Instead, making an effort to eat together as a family at the table – even if it is just two or three times a week – could make all the difference as you ask each other about what’s happening in each other’s lives. This will also allow you to talk through any problems and offer advice and support that you otherwise wouldn’t have known was needed. In fact we try to do a 'Happy, hard, and helpful' each night. That means we share a sentence about what was happy, hard, and what we did that was helpful every day. It leads to a nice discussion and is simple enough for the kids to think of something for each one. 

6. Take More Photos

Sure, you probably have hundreds of pictures of your children, but what about of you as a whole family? How many ‘real’ photos do you have that haven’t been staged and re-taken 20 times and a filter placed on top? Life goes fast, so taking photos of all those silly moments in their real, everyday life is so important. Make sure you take photos of all of you as a family rather than just of the children by themselves. In years to come, they will become your most precious asset. I am so good about taking photos of my kids, but I always forget to include myself! 

What goals will you be setting as a family for the year ahead?

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