New year, new you: Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? This year, why not try something different and make resolutions for 2018 as a family?
Even young children can help be a part of family New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a great bonding time and will open the door to some fun – and meaningful conversations.
What are you waiting for? Read on:
This one is easy – and hard. Make a resolution to play more with your kids, your spouse, your friends and family. What this looks like for your family is up to you: A weekly game night, taking time to color or craft with your children, a neighborhood Nerf war. Whatever you choose, try to inject playfulness into your family life.
We tend to get in the same rut, food-wise. The same meals, cooked the same way. Blah. Resolve in 2018 to try a new food or cuisine every week or every month. Opening up your palate to new tastes and textures is a good thing! Your family will have fun trying Thai food. Or pomegranates. Or whatever.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we can sometimes forget to slow down and create family rituals and traditions. It’s easier to do this around the holidays, but family rituals and traditions don’t have to be a big thing. It can be as simple as Taco Tuesday or a certain hug/kiss combo at bedtime. Think outside the box.
This one can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or spending the morning at a local soup kitchen. If you haven’t taken your kids to volunteer, make 2018 your year. There are volunteer opportunities for almost every age, so put it on your calendar now.
Go low tech
We know it’s hard, but try to have screen-free days or even weeks this year. That includes you too, mom and dad. You might be bored for a while but you are sure to find more ways to connect and bond as a family. Tempted? Shut off the wi-fi and go outside.
We wish you and your family health and happiness in the New Year!