The new year is here and for most families that means a fresh start with new opportunities to come together and set some goals for the upcoming year. Your children may have not stayed up late enough to watch the ball drop, but that does not mean they cannot participate in setting resolutions for the new year.
Here are five New Year’s resolutions that you and your family can do together:
1.) Have a Weekly Family Night. For instance, once a week spend time with each other by watching movies, or playing games. You can even set up a craft table, or ice cream bar and enjoy ice cream sundaes together. This will help children learn the importance of family relationships and spending time with each other.
2.) Volunteer as a Family. Make a list of various ways you want to help others this year. You can participate in a charity walk, volunteer at a local soup kitchen, collect used blankets and toys to donate to those in need. This is a good way to teach children the importance of kindness and giving back to the community.
3.) Encourage Each Other to Think More Creatively. Help your child flex those creative muscles and engage in various creative activities, such as visiting art museums, keeping a sketchbook, starting a creative blog and learning new creative skills.
4.) Go on More Adventures. Make a bucket list of some of the fun that you want to have as a family. Create a calendar of those ideas and when you want to cross those activities, or family vacations off of the list.
5.) Keep a Record of Your Life Together. There are a few very important gifts that you can give to your children to help them get a sense of what is important in life and this will help them to get to know you on a deeper level. These gifts can include a journal about you and your life, old family photos, or a library of family heirlooms.
There isn’t a limit to how many family New Year’s resolutions can be set. Creating these together is an important bonding experience for you and your child and it will also help your children develop vital skills in setting and achieving goals for themselves in the future.