It is that time of the year when we reflect on the past and make plans for the future. We make our New Year’s resolutions of all the wonderful things we want to start doing. But before we know it, we fall back into our old habits.
To set a family New Year’s resolution that lasts, we need to work together to find simple and achievable plans that will benefit the whole family.
New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family
Here are some simple ideas to try next year
Set family goals
Sit together and talk about what you all want to achieve as a family. This could be spending more time together, cooking, creating a new tradition, or starting a new sport.
Make a plan
Once you’ve identified what you want to achieve, you need to create a plan. Ask yourself and other members of the family, “When are we going to do this?”, “How are we going to do this?” Write it down.
Create a routine
The easiest way to stick to your resolutions is to make them part of a routine. A routine needs to be consistent, but it doesn’t need to be rigid. Being consistent helps reinforce habits and helps children feel safe and secure.
Studies show that gratitude has a significant impact on our sense of life satisfaction. Finding small things to be appreciative of, even when we feel like there was nothing good to be grateful for, helps children develop empathy, compassion and resilience.
Mindfulness is a strategy you can use anywhere, anytime to help ease daily pressure. Even as little as 30 seconds a day can impact mental health. In addition, there is no better way to connect with your family than being fully present in the moment.
Making family time a priority shows children they are valued, respected and important. Make time for cuddles, tickles, stories, talking and playing. Moments like this develop trust between parent and child, so they are comfortable coming to you when they need help.
You can also use the Superpower Kids Family Goals for 2022 printable.