New Year's Eve
10 Things Your Family Can Focus on in the New Year
Before the New Year arrives, consider taking on some of these 10 things your family can focus on in the New Year. Then, use our 2013 Family Resolutions printable to put them in writing.
1. More Mealtimes. This is a biggie. From it flows so much that can benefit your family: time together face to face, the chance to read your child, opportunity to pass on your values to your child, healthier eating. All of that by just sitting down to eat a meal together.
2. More Thankfulness. Study after study shows that thankfulness breeds contentment and dispels depression. Make 2013 a year of thanksgiving. Put a chalkboard in your kitchen where everyone can write what they’re thankful for. Or keep a gratitude journal
3. More Helpfulness. Chores now build strong adults later. Use our Chore Chart to get your kids (and you!) in the habit of doing chores. They’ll gain a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. You’ll gain some needed help around the house!
4. More Laughter. Look for ways to laugh as a family. Watch a comedy instead of an action movie. Watch old home videos. Start a joke-a-week tradition.
5. More Skills. Let everyone choose a new skill or talent to learn in 2013. How about a new language? Crochet, archery, or writing poetry? Have a family brainstorm and see what everyone comes up with.
6. More Love. Think of a “love project” for 2013. Maybe you can focus on the elderly at church, new moms, or neighbors you don’t know.
7. More Sleep. Another simple idea that has a big payoff. Try it. You’ll find that your family will be less grouchy, kinder, and more loving to each other.
8. More Surprises. Have a different surprise captain each month. Let them plan out at least one surprise for the family–a fun themed meal, a picnic, a family outing. You can use our secret pal cards to spur ideas.
9. More Patience. Talk about how great it would be if everyone in your family could show each other more patience this year. Put a big P on the wall in the kitchen to remind everyone that patience is important in your home.
10. More Memories. Make a big deal out of memory making. When you do something as a family, document it and celebrate it with a night to look at photos, mementos, or just talk about your adventures—whether big or small.
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