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New Years Resolutions for You and Your Family

30 Dec New Years Resolutions for You and Your Family

With 2020 just around the corner, it’s time to think about making some resolutions. This year, try making some as a family:

  1. Read: Reading to your child is important for language development and encouraging a love of books. Make time to read to younger children every day. For older children, encourage them to read every day (30 minutes a day, for example). And don’t be shy about reading some of the books your school-aged children or teens are reading. It not only gives you an idea of what they are doing in school, but offers something to share together and bond with them about.
  2. Exercise: One of the most common resolutions is to exercise more, so resolve to do it as a family. That can mean sledding, skating, long walks, swimming, bike trips, or just playing catch in the backyard.
  3. Have dinner together: Our recent blog post discussed why this is so important, so aim to do this at several nights a week in 2020.
  4. Less screen time: This goes not only for your kids, but for you as well. Be a good role model for your children and commit to putting the phone away (not just putting it down) when you are with your children, especially at meal times.
  5. Volunteer: Another good way to model behavior you want to see in your children. If you all decide to do some good deed on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly), it can be a rewarding experience and create some great memories, in addition to making the world a better place.
  6. Ask them: Ask your children what resolutions they’d like to make as a family. This not only fosters a sense of responsibility and maturity in them, but it will make them more likely to follow through with the resolutions if they come up with the ideas.
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