Parenting Advice: Setting New Year’s Resolutions as a Family
While some people consider New Year’s resolutions a personal and individual practice, it’s also fun to make resolutions with your children. The New Year is a time to celebrate, reflect on parenting advice and take stock of your lives. It’s a good time to teach your children how to set goals and fix what they don’t like about their lives. Instead of focusing too much on appearance such as losing weight, set goals related to different areas of life. For example, your children can make New Year’s resolutions related to health, education, the arts and helping others or giving back.
Making it a family tradition
In addition to sitting by the fireplace with a warm mug of cocoa and playing board games, make it a family tradition to set New Year’s goals. After the Christmas festivities, sit down to reflect on the year. Talk about accomplishments and goals. Your child can share his or her high point of the year as well as low points. If your child is old enough to write, encourage your child to record accomplishments and goals.
Choosing a partner for accountability
Randomly pick names of partners who will hold people accountable for their goals. Having a buddy system is often more effective. For example, a younger sister could remind an older brother about his goal to work out more and make the football team. A mom could serve as her husband’s buddy, encouraging him to volunteer on the weekends or give back by donating to favorite charities or loved ones with Go Fund Me accounts for worthy issues.
Relishing the thrill of accomplishments
Experts warn against punishing children or not fulfilling a resolution. Resolutions serve as guides for ideal situations. Punishment often leads to a sense of failure for failing at perfection. Come up with ways your family can celebrate accomplishments together. Ask your children how you can help them meet their goals such as paying for music lessons or driving them to sports practice.
Other ways to help include sending your loved one email reminders or joining in some of their resolutions. Make some family specific goals such as buying a new home or painting the house. Many parenting advice experts suggest promoting good physical and mental health as well as values such as charity when setting goals.