Making New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

With the new year starting, many of us will make life improvement goals. While parents benefit from New Year’s resolutions, our children can also learn about the value of making goals and self-discipline. Here are a few tips on how to help your kids benefit from making resolutions as a family.

  • Make it a family activity. Sit down together and talk about what goals mean. Let your children know what your own goals are and ask them to think of their own ideas.  Together you can make family resolutions, which can be a bonding experience.
  • Keep it simple. Make sure that family resolutions are framed in a positive light and are achievable and simple. Setting lofty goals that are unrealistic are not likely to teach children about positive goal success and can cause frustration.
  • Make different resolutions for different ages. Older children are more likely to participate in the resolution making process.
  • Celebrate achievements. Try to find a way to celebrate and reward success throughout the year. By making goal achievement fun, it will be easier to work on additional family goals in the future. And don’t forget to serve as a role model when making these goals.