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The year is coming to an end, and for a lot of people that means evaluating the past year, seeing what went well and what didn’t, and making New Year’s resolutions! What’s better at the end of December than planning some good things for the next year, and promising yourself you’ll be more hard-working, but also relax more, be healthier and more active, and quit bad habits? Today, we’re giving you ideas for the best New Year’s resolutions you can make as a family. You can hold each other accountable and help each other out when someone’s struggling!

Eat Healthier Together

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This is something we often decide ourselves, but here’s a family twist. Try doing it with your family – especially children. They do what they see you doing, so if you insist they should be taking several portions of vegetables, but you never do, don’t expect them to! Apart from talking to your kids about nutritious food, show them. Teach them. Cook with them. Let them chop and dice vegetables as an intro course in cooking. Come up with a meal plan for the week on Sunday evening. Make a habit of having a no-meat Friday. But do let them eat sweets from time to time, and don’t deprive them of pizza. Once in a while is fine.

Read Together

According to studies, children’s interest in reading declines around 4th grade. That’s precisely the period when parents stop reading to their kids. So to raise little book lovers who will turn into vigorous readers, promise to yourself, and them, that you will make an effort next year to read with them. Not only with them in a way you did when they were little, though. Reading around them is again teaching by example. If they grow up in a household where reading is considered normal and loving activity, chances are they will pick a book themselves. If they think they are too big for story time before bed, present them with a book that’s popular with children their age – think Harry Potter or anything written by Roald Dahl. Kids love adventure!  

Get Outside More

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Children are wired to be outside, to play outside and make memories outside. Unfortunately, even with the best of efforts, there’s too much fun for them inside the house as well, especially if they receive little to no control of screen time. Let your kids explore the yard, the street, and the block. If you live in an apartment building, take them to a kids’ playground. Make a serious commitment to get outside more with them. This can mean anything from bike-riding in the afternoon to camping or organizing hiking holidays. They don’t have to end up loving nature – not being afraid of it is good enough.

Introduce a Family Game Night

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Somehow, it seems that nowadays the only opportunity for a family game night is a sudden electricity breakdown when everybody’s phone batteries are almost dead. But why should it be so? Board games are an excellent way to spend time with your family while having fun. Doing this regularly, once a week or even once a month, is a great tradition to strengthen the family unit. If you do introduce it, we can almost guarantee that your children will try to play games with you even when they come for holidays at the ripe age of 30. Bonus – communication is easier when you’re fighting each other in a game, or working towards a common goal. Give it a go, and everyone will enjoy it!

Chores Are Everybody’s Business

The emotional load of housework falls mostly on women, and to prevent this now and in the future, mothers need to teach their sons to do their share of work. The language is important as well: children need to learn that they’re not “helping” their moms; instead, they’re doing their part in establishing a well-functioning home. Of course, they don’t need to cook dinners and clean ovens, but taking care of their rooms, folding laundry and loading and unloading the dishwasher is something they are definitely capable of doing. Assign chores weekly and offer help when needed – but not all the time!

Family New Year’s resolutions help to have a home where not one person (you know who!) is stressed all the time, and where members of the family can communicate well and truly love each other. It won’t be perfect all the time, but it can definitely be an improvement in comparison with the last year. Try it out, and happy holidays!

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Stella Ryne

Stella is a Mom, Traveler and Writer.
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