New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

By now, your family has probably made its individual new year’s resolutions. Personal fitness, a healthy diet, or a better home-work balance might be at the top of the parents’ list, while the kids might have plans to keep their rooms clean or do well in school. But have you considered making some new year’s resolutions for your whole family?

Creating group new year’s resolutions will not only help you better achieve your goals since you’ll have others to motivate you — it will also encourage family bonding.

Here are some new year’s resolutions that can benefit the whole family!

New Year’s Resolutions for the Entire Family

Eat Better.

New year’s resolutions almost always involve a goal to eat healthier — and for good reason. What we put into our bodies matters, and teaching kids this from young age can help them make good dietary decisions throughout life. Limiting fast food, cutting back on soda, drinking more water, and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet will do wonders for your child’s health and your own. Creating a monthly meal plan, sticking to your grocery list and not indulging in unnecessary treats, and buying healthy kid-friendly foods that are easy to grab on the go (think applesauce cups, pre-portioned bags of nuts, string cheese, or slices of fruit) are all ways to keep diet-related new year’s resolutions.

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Explore Your City.

Your new year’s resolutions should also include taking time to get out of your home and explore your town together. This can include visiting local museums or attractions as well as enjoying physical activity in parks and nature areas. Each weekend, plan a new expedition — hiking or biking a new trail, visiting the water park, taking a tour at a historical site — then eave your distracting devices on silent and focus on enjoying your surroundings with your loved ones. And doing so will also accomplish two common new year’s resolutions: getting more exercise and spending more time with the family.

Live Simpler.

As far as new year’s resolutions go, this one can be applied to countless aspects of your life. Living simpler means clearing a cluttered schedule to focus on the things that matter. Rather than overextending yourself or your kids and committing to multiple activities, prioritize the few that you or they are passionate about. Streamlining your schedules will leave you less stressed and give you more time to spend with your family.

Living simpler also means cleaning your home and purging the items that are just cluttering your space. Encourage your children to go through their clothing and toys, giving away the items they no longer use or want. This will show your kids that they don’t need possessions to be happy — and encourage them to think more about their needs and spending habits as time goes on.

Do you have any new year’s resolutions for your family in 2014?

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