New Year’s Resolutions!

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By: Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer)

It is hard to believe that the year 2013 is coming to an end!  As we begin to celebrate the New Year, many of us set out to achieve goals for our New Year’s resolutions.  A New Year’s resolution is a commitment or a pledge to reform a habit or make a life style change.  “A key element to a New Year’s resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings” (Wikipedia).  Why not this year have your children set a New Year’s resolution?  For individual children’s goals, you and your child can come up with a resolution that will also help them increase independent skills.  Some suggestions are:

  • I will clean up my toys after I play with them.
  • I will always try a bite of a new food.
  • I will put on my jacket by myself.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day.
  • I will feed our pet each day.
  • I will make my bed each morning.
  • I will get dressed by myself.
  • I will watch less TV.
  • I will read for 20 minutes each night before bed.
  • I will stay in my bed when it is bedtime.

Children’s resolutions should be age appropriate and a goal that they can achieve with guidance or on their own.

Families can even come up with a family resolution to do together.  New Year’s resolutions are a great way to bring the family closer.  Some fun family resolutions could be:

  • Plan a family night each week from game night to bowling.
  • Eat together as a family at least twice a week for dinner.
  • Have a monthly or weekly family meeting to discuss family concerns or upcoming events.
  • Exercise as a family from going for walks to bike rides.
  • Less screen time and more family time.
  • Go outside more and plan a camping trip or weekly events in nature.
  • Slow down your schedule and do less running from one activity to the next.

One entertaining New Year’s resolution activity is to make a time capsule each year and put in the capsule items that will represent the year along with your written family resolution.  You can look through the capsules each year before making a new one!  Whatever the resolution your family decides on should help make the family bond stronger, and every goal should be realistic and obtainable.  Keep in mind that the best family resolutions are those you can do together!  Happy New Year and all the best for you and in your family in 2014!

For more ideas in family New Year’s resolutions go to PBS parents at:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/special/article-winter-making-new-years-resolutions-with-your-child.html

Or Disney Family at:

http://family.go.com/parenting/pkg-teen/article-783845-family-new-year-resolutions-t/

What other New Year’s Resolutions do you think would be good for a child or family?

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