Family Resolutions to Make This Your Best Year

Family Resolutions to Make This Your Best Year

 

January can be a time to reflect on your life and find ways to make new beginnings. While many New Year’s resolutions are focused on improving as an individual, this can also be a great time to involve your children in being intentional about reflection and positive changes. Involving your kids in making New Year’s Resolutions can be a fun family activity that you can include in your January activities. Creating some intentions together can also be a great way to connect with each other and make practical steps toward improving family relationships this year. Here are four family resolutions to make this your best year yet together:

Resolutions for Your Best Year

1. Take Ten. In our busy lives it can be difficult to find spare time and dedicate it to each other. Especially with families, combining work, school, sports, and activities schedule, can leave little time left to “just talk”. Taking just ten minutes out of your day to ask about each other can make a big difference. If it’s hard to figure out where to start try sharing high and low points of the day or try some of these conversations starters. Focusing this time on each other can be a powerful way to show that you are invested in each other.  

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Have a Meal Together. Finding time to have a meal together can be a great way to re-center and focus on each other. Does your family like to cook? Planning and cooking together can be fun and create a new memory together. But even if the meal is take-out, sitting down together and eating can be a time to share stories with each other and be intentional about building your family relationships.

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Create a Family Ritual. Is there something that you enjoy together and look forward to as a family? This is a great time to create a new family ritual that you all enjoy each week. Maybe it’s cooking together or baking cookies every Sunday. Other families might enjoy a family board game night or a weekly hike. If it’s difficult to pick just one, a family date day can be a great way to set aside time for each other and the activity can be different each week.

4. Set a

Family Goal. Is there something that you can work on together as a family? Creating a goal together to improve something can help build your family connectedness and unity as you work together towards something. Maybe it is a health oriented goal such as cooking more healthy meals or getting more sleep this year. Other family goals that you can work towards together might include saving money or getting household chores done. Involving the entire family in a goal can help hold everyone accountable and be rewarding when you are successful together.

Setting New Year’s Resolutions is a tradition that many people enjoy. Beginning this tradition with your kids and creating some new goals and intentions as a family can be a fun way to kick of the New Year!

 

 Amanda Regalia, M.A. is a marriage and family counselor and clinician for The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO. Amanda specializes in working with families and children ages 5 and up. She is passionate about helping people to create practical solutions that support them in achieving their goals and improving their relationships and life.

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