Dec 26, 2016

New Year’s 2017: Family Resolutions

It’s only a few more weeks until we can say goodbye to 2016 and I don’t know about your family, but mine is ready to kick this year to the curb.

We are really looking forward to starting fresh in 2017 and what better way to get going on some great new goals than with a list of Family Resolutions. You can still make your own resolutions, of course, and I likely will.

I love New Year’s Resolutions and I actually accomplished all three of mine last year (learn to crochet, start a fitness routine and get some of my writing published). Woot!
Here are some ideas for Family Resolutions. I’m not sure which ones my family will be trying, but definitely a few.

1. Try a new food or meal each week
If you have a picky eater or two, this is a GREAT family resolution. Find a new food or a new meal and have a family night in the kitchen when everyone pitches in to cook and then sit down and eat a new dish.

2. Make time for gratitude
This could be different for each family but thinking about the blessings in your life and focusing on the positive is an important lesson for littles. Start a gratitude jar. Talk about the day’s blessings at mealtime. Do a random act of kindness every week or month. Be creative!

3. Family Fitness
Whether this means a family trip to the gym where the kiddos have fun in child care while the parents work out or you take time for a family  hike or bike ride, get off the couch and work on fitness as a family!

4. Hobbies

This summer, my family got a new hobby: Boating! We all loved it and it was so fun to invite family and friends out for a day on the lake. I was surprised at how much bonding and connecting we did out on the water and I would encourage you to find a fun family hobby. My family also enjoys geocaching, which is basically free and suitable for all ages. Pick a hobby and go for it! You won’t regret it!

5. It’s not a chore
This will likely be one of my family resolutions this year. My son is mostly good at helping but we’ve been lax with setting consistent rules and guidelines for household chores. He’s capable of a lot more than I give him credit for and it’s time he took on a few regular daily and weekly chores.

What are your family resolutions for 2017? Share them in the comments.

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