Are you a goal-setter? Individually, I’m not much of one. I set short term goals, such as I’ll clean my desk today or I’ll have my taxes completed by next week, but annually, rarely set goals. As a parent, however, I learned that setting family-focused New Year’s Resolutions is healthy and helps parents and children to work together to achieve.
January is the prime time for setting New Year’s Resolutions and goals for families. Usually children are prompted to set goals in school independently. So working on goals as a family will help your children make another home-school connection. At home, to increase family awareness and relationships, encourage your family to work together to set family goals for the new year.
Rather than setting goals and dictating, it will be far easier for your family to work to comply and reach the new goals if everyone works together to create the resolutions as a team. Gather round over a special sit-down dessert time or crafting time when discussion is easy to brainstorm some ideas. Have a whiteboard or scrap paper near by and start brainstorming. Here are 5 ideas to get your family started.
5 Goals for to set for your family
Does you family take vacation each year? If so, consider what you all hope to get out of vacation. Perhaps your family will set a goal to try camping or hiking. Or, maybe they’ll want to go to a beach. The goal isn’t where to go, it’s what to focus on while you’re there.
Some suggestions: This year on vacation we’ll try…
- to each read a new book in our car trip, rather than watching movies and playing video games
- to visit a new place each day
- to see our cousins
- work to have an hour of quiet time each afternoon before dinner
- create quiet time baskets (or folders) so that we have ideas of what to do during quiet time
Address the Stressful Times
- having one day a week of no after school activities
- creating a no-rush rule
- turning off electronics between ____ and ____
- making waking up 15 minutes earlier each day
- creating (dinner) time jobs/responsibilities for everyone in our family
The families that play together, enjoy each other. Try to designate weekly or monthly goal for family time so that your family can enjoy and get to know each other differently.
Some suggestions: Each (week/month) we will…
- host family hour at the “host’s” decision. We will rotate hosts each time who will determine the activity
- host a family book club to discuss the book we all read during the month
- celebrate family game night or family movie night every other week
- take a weekly/monthly day trip. Some suggestions are hiking, visit a museum, go to a park, take a family cooking class.
- visit our resolution center and work out our problems
- remember to think about each other’s feelings
- work on taking a deep breath and counting to 10 before reacting
- finding a private spot for times when I need to think on my own
Read more about Goal-Setting
- Behavior Management, Goal-Setting and the Marble Jar App
- Student Mid-Year Review / Self Evaluation form
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