This is it! A fresh start for a new year and YOUR chance for some win-win solutions to all that’s been annoying you from your family (kidding… kind of!). In all seriousness, instead of the same ‘ol “I want to lose 5 pounds” (ahem) resolutions that rarely actually stick (at least in my case… I like my (gluten-free) pizza), get Breezy Mama’s tips for making goals together as a family. Plus! How to help with the post-holiday blues and tips for getting the siblings to stop fighting all for a VERY Happy New Year!
In fact, we discussed these three topics on Ask the Moms on Fox 5 San Diego this morning. For the New Years Resolutions, this discussion actually got us fired up to start our own as families! Here are some tips:
- Make it age appropriate. For example, perhaps the little ones (3 and under) concentrate on putting toys away when done playing with them or in one fell swoop at the end of the day. Perhaps your older child could use a little less “screen” time and read a few more books. No matter your child’s age, work together to find great resolutions to work toward.
- Don’t put too much pressure on the kids. Goals are goals… something to work toward but don’t make it punishable. For example, if you have a child who you would like to get their math or reading grade up, sit down together and decide how to make it happen… don’t expect them to do it on their own and don’t punish them if they still need help. Figure out how to get them help so they CAN achieve the goal.
- Have a joint resolution. Maybe you want to get more exercise as a family and can start walks together after dinner or take a family-friendly yoga class. Not only is it great for bonding, but a win-win solution to add a li’l more fitness in. Then head to pizza after… kidding… kind of…
- Brainstorm a family prize. If you want the house to stay cleaner, create a chart and divvy up chores. If you can get in X amount of days that everyone does their part, reward yourselves with a trip to Disneyland, a frozen yogurt party, a night out at your favorite family restaurant, a trip to the movies or all of the above!
For more ideas, watch the video below! And of course get those tips on ending sibling fights and solutions for avoiding feeling sad now that the holidays are over.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!