Family Resolutions

With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a great time for our families to set resolutions. Resolutions are a fancy words for goals. Setting and striving to accomplish family goals are one of the best ways to bring our families closer together and strengthen our belief in our families abilities to accomplish tasks and do hard things.

One fun way to set family resolutions is by starting with a key word, or phrase that represents the focus you would like to have throughout the year. This could be as simple as “patience”, or as complicated as a quote about the subject you would like to work on. Post the key word or quote on the wall, or on the fridge where everyone will see it often, and remember how important it is.

Another approach is to sit down as a family. Give everyone a turn to point out something that your family is doing right. Build the family up. Then, give everyone a chance to point out something the family could do better, or something a family member would like to see changed.  Take a vote together as a family, to determine which of the suggestions would work as family resolutions for the year.

A few things to remember when you and your family are setting resolutions….

  • Be sure you point out strengths and positives, before you start pointing out the negatives.
  • Set small goals and plan experiences to help accomplish the larger resolutions.
  • Meet monthly to evaluate your progress and to be sure every one is still on the same page.
  • Limit family resolutions to 2-3. Any more than that and family members will have a hard time staying focused.
  • Understand that even though the family has the same resolution, modifications will still have to be made for each individual family member as a result of age and experience.
  • Family resolutions, just like personal resolutions, take time. They are a process.
  • Be realistic in your goals and expectations.
  • Be loving to one another.
Still wonder what your family can do for resolutions? Simply write down a list of all the things you want to do as a family. Then, resolve to do as many of the activities over the course of the year as possible. Create a chart to keep track of your families progress.
One very important resolution for every household should be to faithfully eat dinner together. The benefits of family dinner are huge. It has even been shown that kids who eat dinner together with their families every day are less likely to try drugs and alcohol. If dinner does not work for you, choose another meal of the day that does.
Families resolutions are just as important as personal resolutions. Take a few minutes with your family to talk about what you can work on together in 2013.


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    Mary Happymommy says:

    We’ve never had resolutions as a family. I think it would be a nice thing to start with our kids.

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    Sonya Morris says:

    This is a great idea and would definitely get the family working to do things as a family!

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