Why do people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves? Typically, it’s to better themselves through developing healthier habits. Being successful at adopting a New Year’s resolution promoting a healthy lifestyle is worthy of praise, but being able to incorporate that success into everyday practice that lasts more than a couple of weeks or months is ultimate resolution realization. Sharing this journey with our children role models positive New Year’s resolution making, attaining, and sustaining. This year, take them on a New Year’s resolution journey with you so that you can pick and stick to a resolution that results in positive growth and/or change. You may even enjoy some fun family bonding time as you go. Set the resolution together. If it’s a family resolution, get everyone on board by brainstorming ideas and working together to determine one or more resolutions. An example of a fun family New Year’s resolution is increasing physical activity and healthy choices through Super Healthy Kids Get Fit Together calendar printable.
If your child is setting an individual resolution, you can assist in guiding your child to a resolution that is realistic and could result in success. For instance, while “go swimming every day,” is an excellent idea for getting more physical activity, it may not be realistic in the winter months. Keep it simple. If kids are involved, encourage them to keep the resolution simple so that they can understand it and have the possibility to achieve it. Simply setting a resolution to drink a certain amount of water each day for a child who doesn’t typically opt for water is simple and doable if the child is on board. Adding a simple and fun activity each day can lead to success in having a healthier lifestyle. Allowing for input from everyone helps to motivate. If the family goal is to exercise more together and you are putting together your own Get Fit Together calendar, let everyone give ideas for activities.
Your 5 year old may want a game of red light, green light. Your 12 year old may want to play capture the flag. Mom may want to go for a family walk after dinner. All of these are excellent ideas, and welcoming all ideas and praising input is motivating to family members. It’s also motivating to track progress, whether it’s through putting an X over a completed box on a calendar or starting with a blank calendar and writing in activities as they are completed. Discuss accomplishments, setbacks, goals, and more with each other to encourage and motivate. A great time for this is at family meals. Attainable and measurable goal. Make sure that your resolution is attainable. Probably not. But you could jump rope or toss a ball together for 15 minutes and add ice skating to a day where you have the time to enjoy it. Be a role model. Adults should role model good attitude and effort towards attaining the resolution.
For example, an adult participating in a family hopscotch game is an excellent way to role model the importance of the goal of increasing physical activity. If your child is trying to drink more water each day, role model opting for water rather than soda. Choose to have the mindset that your resolution journey will be an enjoyable experience so that making, attaining and sustaining your resolution can be a fun process. For exercising together, explore all sorts of fun, silly, and creative exercises. For other resolutions, such as reading a picture book each day, find ways to make it fun. Does an adult need to read with the child? Then use exciting voices. Make visiting the library weekly to pick out a new set of books part of the resolution excitement. Check out a used book store for gently used treasures. Making New Year’s resolutions can be part of a cherished family tradition leading to bonding time and fun. We wish you a happy and blessed New Year filled with family fun, togetherness, and good health.
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Wrote. networked. wrote. networked. We devoted every spare minute we had to working our business. I can’t remember the last time I sat on the couch with my feet up and watched a movie. We’d travel hours to attend meetings and events – none of which made us money – but we did it to build relationships and to prove to the Universe that we were serious. Many of these Caz attended to the early hours while pregnant, or when we went to the Problogger conference in Melbourne with newborn baby Savannah in her arms. I’ve barely slept in 3 years. There’s been endless technical issues with our site, juggling parent life, jobs, and traveling with kids on the road whilst trying to run the business. Our house is a constant mess, we have no routine, I still only live off 5 hours sleep per night, and it’s difficult to keep friendships to the level we would like.
It’s like any business. It takes work, time and sacrifice. Don’t get me wrong, we are fortunate to be where we are now – we love what we do – but there is a tradeoff. There is always a tradeoff. We don’t travel like we used to as just travellers and not bloggers. We have to constantly update social media, take photos, take notes, shoot video, edit, publish and promote. We have to engage, reply to comments on the blog, reply to emails, attend meet-ups, get on skype calls. Shit. By the time we’ve taken photos of our lunch, updated facebook, tweeted, pinned and instagrammed the kids are running loose and our food is cold. It becomes your life. It’s an addiction and can get overwhelming. But this is the path we have now chosen, and it sure beats banging nails for a living. The alternative is us both working full-time jobs and being away from our kids. This way, we get far more personal time with our kids and we are seeing the world together.
On top of all this Caz had a health scare and over a 12 month period had surgery three times, partly because it’s a tricky condition and partly because of the hospital’s incompetence. She’s still kind of battling with it. I also had a chronic lower back injury for about 8 months that almost needed surgery. It was a burst disk that was pushing on my sciatic nerve and shooting pain all the way down my leg. I was in terrible pain for most of that time, could not sit in a chair, couldn’t play with the kids, and the only way to get comfortable was to lay flat or stand up. For several months I had to stand up with my laptop on a tall bench to blog, which got tiring real quick. It’s been hard work, extremely hard, and there’s been MANY times I’ve wanted to quit and walk away. But we’ve come too far now. That has been our secret.