Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family

The New Year is here and with that comes many New Year’s resolutions and goals that people make for themselves and for their families. Unfortunately, many of the resolutions are too often not kept, causing individuals and families to fall back into the same old routine. We have created some healthy new year’s resolutions that your whole family can follow – and actually enjoy – at the same time!

  • Set Daily Family Time – The busy-ness of life can cause families to become isolated and distant from each other. Schedule time every day to make time for each other. Eat dinner together, put away distractions like phones and computers, play board games, or whatever fun activities you want to do together. Just make sure you engage with each other every day in positive ways and talk to each other.

  • Eat Healthy – For many families, this goal is always just that – a goal. But make it a reality this coming year! Every week, come together and go through cookbooks together and pick out your weekly meals and write them on the calendar. Take it to another level by cooking together. Your family will bond and become healthy at the same time! Another bonus? Your children will learn how to cook!

  • Ask for Help – Many parents don’t ask their children for help around the house because they’re afraid it won’t get done right. Or parents don’t ask for help and just demand their children help. Two important things to remember are that children will become more responsible and independent if they are assigned household chores. If they don’t know how to do it, show them how to and they will learn over time! Also, your children will respect your authority more if you ask for their help as opposed to demanding it. Give them positive encouragement as well!

  • Clean out the Pantry & Cut out Sugary Snacks and Junk Food – Sugar is linked to tons of problems including diseases, tiredness, and weight gain. Throw out the processed sugar foods and junk food once and for all and replace with homemade, natural snacks that have minimal natural sugar like coconut sugar, raw honey, and pure maple syrup. Even better? Replace sugary foods with fresh fruit and veggies to snack on. Your whole family will be a whole lot healthier and overtime, happier!

  • Find Quiet Time Individually – As important as family time is, alone time is just as important – for children and for parents. Find time every day to squeeze in some alone time to meditate, read a good book, take a nap, play independently, etc. Your family will appreciate each other a whole lot more if everyone’s space is respected and acknowledged.

We wish you all a Happy New Year in 2014 – Make it your best year yet for you and your family!