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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

In a recent study over 50% of Americans said they wanted to spend more time with their family and friends in the new year.  Start by helping your children create their own resolutions!  Based on your child’s age the resolution can be about developing a great new habit or improving a skill. Maybe your family wants to work together toward a goal. The important thing is to keep the goals reasonable for each person, to make positive steps forward and to help your child take pride in their achievement.

The American Academy of Pediatricians has some really good recommendations:

Preschoolers

  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day an floss once a day.
  • I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

Kids, 5- to 12-years-old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.

Kids, 13-years-old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only on special occasions.
  • I will walk the dog at least 4 times a week.
  • I will make my bed every day.

Write down your goals and keep them posted. Encourage everyone in your family to kindly help each other reach their 2013 Goals!