It’s that time of the year to look forward to the next. Set a good example for your kids by doing family New Year’s resolutions together. It’s a great way to set healthy goals for your youngsters and build up their kind nature – just remember to keep resolutions realistic and achievable for all!
No matter how old your baby is (teens are still your baby, mama!), there is a New Year’s resolution that we can all relate to and benefit from. While we know that they’re not always easy to keep (*guilty as charged*), it can be a great way to point ourselves in the right direction of self-improvement. To help get you started, we’ve listed 20 New Year’s Resolution ideas and suggestions below. Plus, there’s a free New Year’s Resolutions downloadable template for your kids to complete as well!
Empower your child’s positive behaviour and encourage a new skill in 2022 by setting a few New Year goals. Resolutions will change depending on the age of your child, and you’ll also need an age-appropriate way of explaining what a New Year’s resolution is, why people do them, and what the benefit is. In short, it’s a great way to grow in a positive way – with new skills or positive behaviour.
Take the pressure off and keep it realistic. Writing a list of 100 New Year’s resolutions is way too much for anyone to fulfil, let alone a child!
Check in throughout the year and look back on the New Year’s resolutions they’ve made. A success chart is a great way to track progress, perhaps offer small incentives for a job well done. But, make it very clear that incentives are most definitely not the reason for doing the New Year’s resolutions in the first place. Remind your kids why they are doing this. Setting time frames can also help youngsters focus on the task.
Making your own New Year’s resolutions alongside your kids is a great way to set a good example and to keep yourself growing and learning – just make sure that you do your best to fulfil them! How about exploring other health and wellness goals you can do as a family as well while you’re at it?
Read more: 7 Health And Wellness Goals For The Family
New Year’s Resolutions For Kids: Ideas And Suggestions
You should respect your child’s choices and let them decide on their own New Year’s resolutions. But if they’re struggling, resolution ideas can include practical goals, such as:
- Tidying up their toys or bedroom
- Brushing teeth at least twice a day
- Eating fruits and veggies each day
- Going to bed at a reasonable time
- Starting a piggy bank or savings account
- Reading a book a month (or more)
- Starting a new hobby (it could be taking up sports, art, dance or a musical instrument)
- Recycling and trying to live more sustainably
- Washing hands before and after dinner
- Learning numbers (could be counting to 10, times tables, or Pythagoras theorem!) or ABCs (spellings, perhaps?)
Other character building resolutions for your kids could be:
- Being kind to themselves and others
- Helping a friend in need
- Taking part in a charity event or volunteer
- Always being honest
- Saying please and thank you
- Being brave when times are tough
- Really listening to others
- Trying something new (especially those that are frightening)
- Letting go of anger (counting to 10 if angry)
- Being proud of themselves
Whatever your youngsters go for, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to kick off the new year on the right foot.