With the start of a brand new year, everyone is ramped up and ready to tackle those New Year’s resolutions. While some resolutions may be personal to you as an individual, there are some that are easier when taken on as a family. Whether it’s to lose weight, discover your unique creative abilities, or simply just go to bed earlier. There are just some things that work better when your family is together. Here are 5 resolutions you and your family can commit to this year.
1. Go to Bed at the Same Time
Who doesn’t need more sleep? It’s important for children and adults to have adequate sleep in order to perform daily tasks. Usually, bedtimes are considered a guideline for adults and a rule for children. However, mandatory lights-out time for everyone could be beneficial. Try it for a week and see how you like getting those extra z’s.
2. Eat Meals Together
Whether you have children or are married with none, creating a habit of eating together can help you and your family connect. Leave the television off and the phones on their chargers. This is your time to enjoy each other’s company. And there’s no better company than family.
3. Swap Out Soda
Soda is bad for everyone, especially children. Not only is it bad for your health, it can put a serious dent in your grocery bill if you’re buying it every week. Swapping out soda for water can help you save dollars and calories. If you’re still craving that carbonated goodness, try plain soda water instead. It has zero sugar and zero calories. It’s all the fun of bubbles without the guilt of sugar.
4. Create Reading Time
Do you ever find yourself thinking, “ugh, I wish I had more time to read.”? Well, time is what you make of it. And everyone benefits from the practice of reading. Making it a family routine will help to keep you, your partner, and your children accountable for reading. You can even visit the library together or host a family book club.
5. Exercise Together
Anyone can enjoy the benefits of exercise. Additionally, children also benefit from creating the routine of daily or weekly exercise. Exercising helps to lower stress, build strength, and improves your immune system. Plus, it’s just fun. Shooting hoops, playing catch, or jumping rope are all activities that don’t have an age limit. You can also join a sports team for adults and for children.
You don’t have to look at new year’s resolutions as a punishment for who you were last year. Resolutions are simple ways you can acknowledge where in life you need improvement. These five resolutions are all fun, family-friendly ways you can strive to achieve to be your best selves in 2018. If you’re struggling with other familial issues, our professional counselors are here to help. You can go online and schedule an appointment today. This is the year you will be great!