New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family
As the New Year is coming up upon us, it is easy for many of us to make personal New Year resolutions. Whether that is to stick to our diet this year or to be smarter with our money there is always something in all of us that we can strive to do better. But many times these resolutions become easy for us to break. And although it is important to be smarter with our money and what we should eat, we should also take this opportunity to make resolutions with our family. Instead of making all those unrealistic resolutions, like staying away from carbs, focus on the resolutions that you can see the benefits immediately. These are resolutions for your whole family. Here are some great family New Year’s resolutions:
Unplug for once a week. With tablets, phones, computers and televisions we are constantly connected and distracted. Dedicate one night a week where everyone turns off their devices and focus on spending time with one another. Choose an activity that engages everyone in your family and fun to do. There are so many activities you can do with your kids. See below for just a few:
- Bake or make dinner together.
- Play a yard game. This is a great active activity to do with your family. If you are looking for a new game that is easy for everyone in your family to learn, then Rollors may be for you! It is fun new yard game that appeals to all ages and gets you up and moving.
- Go hiking. Explore your own neighborhood with a walk in a nearby park. To make it more exciting for younger kids, you can always turn it into a scavenger hunt!
- Family Dinners. There have been many studies that show that families who eat dinner together have lower instances of their children getting involved with drugs, smoking and drinking. It has also showed that it helps kids get better grades. Having a family dinner is important way to reconnect with your family and find out what’s going on in everyone’s lives.
- Don’t overschedule. Sometimes we want to take advantage of every opportunity available to our kids but in the long run, this may do more bad than good. If you are constantly running around from one activity to the next, it doesn’t present much opportunity to have meaningful one on one time with one another. This year, take a step back and eliminate an activity and allow everyone to have some extra free time.
- Focus on overall health. When a whole family is committed to this, it becomes an easy resolution to keep. Plan an activity that keeps everyone active and is fun for kids. An example of this would be playing laser tag, learning to ice skate or trying out wall climbing together. Be committed to make healthier food choices as well. Opt to cook at home rather than getting take-out or fast food. Focus on purchasing healthier choices when grocery shopping and try to eliminate those bad snacks.