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5 Family resolutions you should make this year

Abbi Perets lives in Houston, TX, with her husband and five children.






Make it a family year!

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is past, make some time to sit down and work on your family resolutions. From bonding time, to family fitness and giving back as a family, here are our top five suggestions for families.

Commit to family time

It's all too easy to let the days and weeks slip away without spending quality time with the kids. Make family time a priority, whether it's by way of family meals, a weekly game night, or regular outings. You will see benefits from this time spent with your kids and spouse -- teens who participate in regular family dinners are far less likely to abuse drugs, and girls who eat at least five times a week with their families are 33% less likely to develop eating disorders.

  • By the end of the month, determine how you'll make time for each other, and communicate the plan to everyone.
  • By the end of April, make sure your plan has gone into effect, and keep up your commitment.
  • By the end of August, add in a monthly family gathering where you can all spend extra time together.
  • By the end of November, plan how you'll preserve your family time during the busy holiday season.

Give back to those around you

The holidays are a natural time to get excited about charitable giving and volunteer work -- but the need continues all year round. Make it a priority for your family to find a way to contribue to worthy causes -- either financially or with your time and effort.

  • By the end of the month, figure out what you'll do to give back.
  • By the end of April, show up and do it at least twice.
  • By the end of August, each member of your family can invite one other person to join you in your charitable activity.
  • By the end of November, think of a way to take your project to the next step for next year!

Get more ideas here on teaching kids about the importance of giving back.

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