It’s that time of year when everyone breaks out the New Year’s resolutions. In our family, we do the whole New Year’s resolutions things a little bit different. While we do come up with individual goals for ourselves to reach, we also set family goals for the year. Family goals can be anything from activities we want to do together, a trip we want to take, and so much more. The goal of these resolutions is to bring us closer together as a family. If you are looking for some ideas of family goals you can set this year, here are five family goals to set with your family this year.
Have regular family nights
Before you know it, your little ones will be off to college and on their own soon. Finding time to spend together can be difficult, but it’s a goal worth pursuing. Between after-school activities, school, and work, it can be hard to find the time when everyone can spend time together. When you plan a family night regularly, it will become a part of your schedule and give you time to connect with a family. This can be a movie night, board game night, or just spending time together for a change.
If you have toddlers and preschoolers why not play some of our game suggestions these are fun to play together plus they promote turn taking and sharing.
In the winter we tend to spend our family nights indoors – maybe watching some movies, reading a book together or playing games but come the summer with the lighter evenings we head outside and enjoy the warmth and light find some suggestions on spending summer evenings as a family here.
Eat dinner together
It’s rare that we get to enjoy all three meals together as a family, and on school days, it just doesn’t happen we lucky that we make dinner happen most nights.
Make it your resolution this year to sit down and enjoy dinner as a family as often as you can. Some nights it might not be in the cards, but even if it’s a quick dinner, it will be better than nothing I promise.
Make time to talk with your kids
Kids have a lot of questions, and as they get older, they will only continue to ask questions. Make time just to sit down and listen to your kids. Hear about what’s going on in their lives and see if you can give them any words of wisdom. I like to sit down with my kids each night before bed and have one on one time with each of them before they go to sleep.
I love the tips from Jamie at Hands-on As We Grow to ask kids how their day has gone at school and actually get some answers from them check out these Ways to Talk About School with your Kids so They Will Answer!
Make time for date nights
This one might not include your kids, but trust me it’s worth it. You and your spouse may be stressed out between taking care of the kids and just trying to get through the day. Having some alone time with your spouse is a great way to reconnect, and have some time together again. You don’t have to go anywhere fancy, and you can even have a date night at home when the kids go to bed.
We have 12 suggestions for FREE or nearly free date night activities you can do at home especially useful if you have young kids and no babysitters locally.
Look for ways to serve together
In today’s world, many of us are living in abundance while many struggles just to get by. Look for opportunities to help together as a family. This can be as simple as decluttering your home and donating your unwanted items or volunteering at a food pantry nearby. Make this a regular part of your schedule, so you don’t let it fall by the wayside.
We have joined in yearly with the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge organised by Coffee Cups and Crayons and Toddler Approved.
Family goals are so important to the overall well being of your family. If you are struggling to set goals this year, sit down with your family and see if one of these goals would be a good fit for your family.