As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 is about to begin, many families begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, hopefully involving replacing unhealthy routines with healthier ones. Making the resolution is often the easy part. But making the change (with kids too!) can be more of a challenge. Here are my suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for families. Read this list of family-friendly resolutions with your kids and follow these solutions to help make these healthy changes actually happen.
Resolution: We will eat healthier.
Solution: Make sure breakfast includes protein (eg. eggs), fiber and does not contain artificial colors. Choose at least two different colors of fruit and vegetables each day to prepare, taste and eventually eat.
Resolution: We will drink more milk and water, and limit soda and fruit juices.
Solution: Buy all family members a new cool water bottle to carry around. Serve milk alongside meals. Don’t buy soda and juice for your home. Try flavored sparkling water for a treat. Allow your family to choose one sweet beverage when eating out for a special occasion, like a birthday party.
Resolution: We will exercise more.
Solution: Twice a week set aside time for family exercise activities such as an after-dinner walk or weekend hike. Have each family member choose an individual exercise activity or sport (such as soccer, basketball, dance) and encourage them to perform that activity at least twice a week as well. Remember that exercise doesn’t always need to be organized as playing tag and walking the dog counts too!
Resolution: We will put away our toys, books, games, shoes, clothes, etc.
Solution: Label storage bins with the names of items that belong in each one, such as cars, balls, books, laundry, etc. Encourage everyone in the house to put back what they take out before moving on to something new. Be a good role model and make sure Mommy and Daddy use labeled bins to clean up, too!
Resolution: We will limit screen time — TV, video games, phone and computer time.
Solution: Set a timer and allow up to one hour on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends of recreational/entertainment screen time (movies, video games, etc.). Keep a home charging area in a central location for phones and other devices and store them there during meals, when you walk in the door and when you aren’t using them.
Resolution: We will spend more quality family time together.
Solution: Bring back game night! Once a week take out an old-fashioned board or card game to play with your family. Schedule a weekly family meeting/fun night where you discuss good and bad things going on at home, school, work, etc and come up with ways to make things better and more positive the next week. End the meeting with a fun family activity for all to enjoy.
Has your family made any resolutions for the New Year? Any thoughts on how to help make sure they stick?