It's easy to get caught up the New Year trap and focus on setting all kinds of goals you'll probably forget about by the end of the month. So why not try something new this year? Sit down together as a family and make some important resolutions you can all keep together.
Setting family resolutions isn't a typical activity, but it is an important one. It provides a chance to reconnect with your spouse and kids after the craziness of December. And we've made it easy for you, with your top five broken down into manageable chunks you can check off along the way.
No one wants to think about a house fire, a flood, a storm, or an accident. But responsible parents know they have to plan for the worst -- even as they hope it never happens. Take some time to talk with your kids about what you would do in different kinds of emergency situations. Make sure everyone knows where emergency supplies are kept, names and numbers of friends you could turn to, and where you could all meet if a disaster separated you.
Who says resolutions have to be hard work? Commit to a family vacation. Talk about where you'd like to go and what you hope to do. Be sure to listen to everyone's ideas, and come up with a way to make your final decision in a way that doesn't leave anyone feeling ignored. For example, if your son's locale wins out, let your daughter decide which activities you'll do each day.
For more vacation tips, check out our stress-free family travel guide.
"Small changes are all it takes to produce the best long-term results," says Susie Garcia, a registered dietitian with West coast grocer Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. So make a few of those small changes to improve your family's overall health. Work on your eating habits and up your fitness level just a little bit, and you'll see big improvements in energy and well being over the course of the year.
Get more tips here on how to lose weight as a family.
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