Happy New Year! Now it’s time to get to the fun part- resolutions! Although adults are usually the ones to make New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming 365 days, the little ones can join in on the fun too! You’ll teach them to set goals, stay committed and to have fun while they conquer their goals. Your kids will learn some valuable life lessons and maybe even start getting their chores done! Find out the best way to get kids involved in the fun of making and sticking to their New Year’s resolution!
Dr. Kristen Eastman, PsyD, a pediatric clinical psychologist at Cleveland Children’s Hospital said: “Parents can start by explaining what a resolution is and give examples of ones they have set in past years. Asking your children for ideas and helping them evaluate the options together is really important.”
- I’m Going To Eat More Fruits & Veggies: The healthiest and most nutritious foods out there are often the toughest getting our kids to eat. Have your kids pledge to eat more fruits and veggies and if they absolutely despise them, get them to try a new one each month. Although 1 per month may not sound like a lot, that number, and your kid’s plate will grow come December. This resolution will not only make your lives as parents easier, but it’ll also improve your child’s eating habits and overall health.
- I’m Going To Limit My Screen Time: Let’s face it, we’re raising a generation that can’t seem to put down their phones, tablets, and computers. Have your kids unplug from their devices just 30 minutes earlier each day, if this is too easy, try 1 hour. All those hours spent cooped up on the couch starring at a screen can be replaced by getting outdoors and engaging in some face-to-face interactions.
- I’m Going To Be More Active: Physical activity is just as important for kids, especially with their endless levels of energy. Take them along when you walk the family dog or pledge to walk around the neighborhood as a family for at least 30 minutes per day. These small additions of activity may not seem like a lot, but every minute truly counts.
- I’m Going To Make A Chore List: Get your kids involved in helping out around the house with a chore list or chart. If you have younger kids, have them clean up their toys, or make their bed in the morning. With the older ones, teach them to clear the table and take out the garbage. You can award stars for a job well done, and once they have enough stars saved up, they can pick a prize. Get creative with it to ensure they stay engaged!
New Year resolutions don’t have to just include the adults…get the little ones in on the fun too! Your family will be happier, healthier and have fun while doing it!