As adults, we are always the target of fantastic marketing that encourages us to set “New Years’ Resolutions” to help better ourselves—usually targeted towards weight loss or self-improvement. And stats show that only 9-12% of people FOLLOW THROUGH with their resolutions. Where am I going with this? As parents, we want to set examples for our kids. If we are not following through with resolutions we set for ourselves, how can we expect them to follow through as well?
Let’s talk about some ways that we can set some INTENTIONAL goals that you and your family can see success with!
Instead of choosing individual goals. Maybe try making a family goal! Holding each other accountable and setting an example for others to be successful is a great way to approach the new year! Some examples of Family-based goals:
- Family dinners- everyone makes an effort to sit down at the table and eat dinner together without distractions. Turn off the tv and build stronger connections through communication!
- Game night/Family outing- Make one night a week a family night. Whether it means going on an adventure or staying in and playing a board game!
- Screen-free time- Setting a cut-off time for screens each day. Where tv’s, phones, or gaming systems get a break and everyone chooses another type of activity
- Family walks- want to encourage movement and exercise? Go on a quick walk after dinner or in the early afternoon. Head to a park! Get outside more.
Another way to make goals intentional is to make sure that they are attainable. This means that they aren’t so lofty or unrealistic that you can actually achieve them! For example, if you want to work on family screen time. Going cold turkey or putting an extreme limit on what you are currently doing may not be so successful. It may actually be more frustrating- which leads to a lack of follow-through. Start SMALL! Maybe limit 1 day, then build up to more. Plan 1 walk a week, 1 day a week everyone sits down to dinner. Get the idea? It may seem silly to make such a “small” resolution. But it is a key to success in the long run, creating a habit and long-term change rather than a forgotten resolution!
Do you and your family set resolutions? Share in the comments something you would love to work on as a family!
Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind.