As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes to a close, many parents turn their thoughts from their child’s holiday wish lists to their own New Year’s resolutions. While nearly 50% of Americans will set individual goals for themselves, the New Year is a chance for you to make changes that will have a positive impact on your family as well. Here are 5 New Year’s resolution ideas to consider as 2016 comes to a close:
- Get moving as a family. Showing children that being active is fun is the best way to encourage lifelong healthy habits. Make exercise a family affair by having an indoor dance party, outdoor soccer or basketball game, corn hole or ball tossing, or go for a nightly walk, run or bike ride around the neighborhood.
- Read together daily. Studies have found that reading together helps to strengthen bonds between a parent and child and helps children develop important listening and communication skills. Pro tip: plan a visit to your local public library every other week to pick up new books; this will help keep the habit new and exciting.
- Give back more often. Contributing time, goods or money to a good cause improves overall happiness, well-being and self esteem. Give back as a family by donating unused toys or clothes to a local charity, or volunteer your time at a local food pantry or animal shelter. Click here for more tips on giving back as a family.
- Unplug. Screen time is unavoidable; adults and kids alike spend hours on end with electronics. Vow to spend at least one day per week or month without screens. Opt for a day in nature by going for a hike or long family bike ride, end your day with books, board games, pizza and a family dance party.
- Schedule family time. With busy family schedules it’s hard to find the time to actually sit down and enjoy each other’s company. Schedule this special time each week where you can all sit down and work on a puzzle, play a game, family outing, or outdoor game.
New Year’s resolutions do not have to be radical; small changes in your family’s habits can make a big difference! We hope you enjoyed this post on New Year’s resolution ideas. To learn more about The Little Gym or to find a class near you, visit www.thelittlegym.com.