Family Resolutions for 2018

It’s an American tradition to make resolutions for the new year. But sometimes these resolutions are so lofty, people don’t keep up with them. This year, keep it simple. Instead of making a whole list of complicated goals for the year that are way too specific, make some general decisions that apply to the whole family so you won’t be the only one making an effort to keep them.

Below are some great resolutions that’ll be easy to follow and that’ll be a benefit to the whole family.

This year, we will eat together as a family.

Research shows that eating family meals is great for adults and children, both physically and mentally. Having regular family meals can improve nutrition, reduce the risk of obesity, reduces behavioral problems in kids, boost social skills, and promote family bonding.

Decide to have dinner as a family at least once a week with no TV or screens allowed at the table.

This year, we will enjoy more family fun time.

Once again, this resolution has research to back up its benefits to you and your family. Enjoying quality time having fun as a family has been shown to reduces stress, increase family connectedness, and keep kids away from sexual activity, drugs and jail. It’s also a great way to help your kids become better parents when the time comes, because they’ll want to give their kids the same type of fun-filled, family experiences they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Decide to spend quality time having fun as a family at least once a week, whether it’s having movie night, taking a walk, going on a weekend trip to visit friends and family, or listening and dancing to music in the living room. The possibilities are endless.

This year, we will shift our focus from losing weight to gaining healthful habits.

It’s no surprise that obesity is on the rise all over the world, especially in the United States. Parents are already under enough pressure as it is with trying to keep provide shelter, clothes and the latest gadgets for their kids. Thinking about how in the world they can make sure their kids eat healthy every day on top of everything else is enough to make even the most together parent crack under the pressure. This year, instead of focusing on how much weight you and your kids need to lose (or maintain), focus instead on how you can help yourself, your spouse and your kids develop healthful habits.

  • Help your kids get to bed on time by establishing a regular bedtime routine. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Every night, help (or direct) them to wash their faces, brush their teeth, and pick out their clothes for the next day. Once they’ve completed those tasks, read a short book to your younger kids and give your older kids permission to read a couple chapters in a book or a few pages in a teen-friendly magazine. After that, tell them it’s time for bed and there you have it – a complete bedtime routine that shouldn’t take too much time or effort on your part and should be an easy practice to maintain.

  • Help your kids focus more on what they can have than on what they can’t have. Kids, like adults, hate saying no. So this year, choose to say yes more. Yes you can have some sweet fruit like a kiwi or some strawberries (instead of no you cannot have any cake or candy). Yes we can make some homemade ice cream with simple ingredients (instead of no we cannot buy that choco-cookie-birthday cake ice cream you just saw on the commercial). Fruit is a natural dessert so don’t ever feel like you can’t satisfy your kids’ (or your own) sweet tooth. You definitely can, and you’ll find the perfect treat in the produce section at the grocery store.

Ultimately, decide to focus on decisions instead of choices. Everyday you make choices at the drop of a hat, sometimes unconsciously, but decisions are calculated and thought about in depth. When you’ve put your foot down and made a decision about how you want to live your life, your choices will follow.

We hope 2018 is filled with love, joy, peace and family togetherness. Happy new year to you and your family!

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