New Year's resolutions for families can be even better than your typical resolutions that are usually forgotten by week two of the new year. You can actually keep these resolutions and they enhance your family time together at the same time.
1. Spend More Time Together
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Today's families are speeding in multiple directions. Before you know it, that first birthday party has turned into a 10th birthday party. Make one of your family's New Year's resolutions to slow down and savor time together. Sure, you have those car rides to the soccer field or your breakfast time before the mad dash to work and school. But there are 10 easy things you can do every day as a family
. No matter how busy your family is, every one of you has time for these special activities that will bring all of you closer together.
2. Get Active
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One of the perks of New Year's resolutions is that it feels like a clean slate for your family. A brand new day in a brand new year gives you the opportunity to get your family off the couch to get in some good, active fun. Whether you're stuck indoors on a rainy day
or you're headed outdoors
, keep everyone in your family active and healthy every day of the year.
3. Eat Better
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One New Year's resolution your family can stick to is eating. Now work together on a resolution to make the food all of you are eating healthier. This starts with your family meal planning
. Avoid having those tempting foods in your pantry that are high in empty calories and fat and offer little to no nutritional value. Keep your kitchen pantry stocked
with staples that make sure you're preparing delicious, nutritious meals without having to rely on TV dinners to feed your family in a pinch. From your kids' lunches
to their after school snacks
, they'll eat better because you are.
4. Go on Big Adventures
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5. Learn Something New
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6. Help Others
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Every family faces its own set of challenges so it's easy to get caught up in our own needs rather than thinking of others throughout the year. But there are plenty of families and individuals who can benefit through your family’s generosity while your children learn valuable lessons in thankfulness
and empathy. Choose age-appropriate charity events for children and parents
so you and your family can spend time together while helping others. Donate gently-used toys
to charities, hospitals, churches and other places that are always looking for toys to distribute to children. When it's time to buy someone a present, purchase one that gives back
to a specific charitable cause. Helping others is a family project that will quickly go from being a New Year's resolution to a part of your family's routine.
7. Read Together
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With so many gadgets to play with and status updates to type, today's kids are spending more time in front of a screen than they are with the written word. Your family's New Year's resolution can change those techie habits in your house. Gather your whole family and set aside time at least a few times a week, if not every day, that all of you step away from the gadgets, games and computers to read together. Make reading fun for kids
so they're always looking forward to the next book you'll read together. For younger readers, mix in some phonics activities
so they can get in on the fun as they learn to read and appreciate books too.
8. Take on New Responsibilities
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The kids are growing up so fast and will soon turn another year older. As they grow, make it a New Year's resolution to give them new responsibilities. Start with new chores kids should do every day
or try something different like showing your family how to go green
. The whole family can also tackle the task of getting organized
, which covers everything from organizing your bedrooms to organizing your family photos.
9. Enjoy Special Family Activities Every Month
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No matter what time of the year it is, there's always something going on that's special to that month. Pick your month and find fun activities for kids
, such as January's National Hobby Month, May's National Bike Month or September's National Courtesy Month. There are so many themed activities to try but there are plenty of seasonal activities
for families to enjoy 365 days a year too.
10. Revisit Your Family's Safety Plan
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