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Smarter Mom: Family resolutions made simple

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We often think of resolutions as a grown-up thing to do. Something for the over 21 set, those of us that can see rated R movies and are buying age-defying creams. But the funny thing is, many of our resolutions involve our little ones - whether it is to be healthier so we can keep up with them, making more time to be with them or finding a new job to provide for them. See? They are a part of this whole resolution shebang.

So, why not make family resolutions? Okay, tough to do with that newborn, I'll give you that but, for those that are even three, four, five, 12, 16...make a few goals for 2013 you can tackle together. The great thing? Kids see how reaching a goal and sticking with it takes time and a little teamwork. Need a few ideas?

-- Get healthy. Try one new healthy recipe each week for Sunday family dinner. Have everyone be a part of it: little ones can draw what veggies you had that night, while the older ones can look in the cookbooks or online for a meal everyone will like.

-- Get moving. Have a dance party or go on a family walk at least five times a week or invent a game for the background or in the basement you play after dinner.

-- Expand your world. Go check out a new museum exhibit together, say, every month or have a New Discovery Day every other Saturday (or whenever), where you (somehow) pick a country or artist or musician and learn more about it together with crafts or a trip to the library.

The main trick for keeping these going all year? A white board hung on the fridge with the goals and places to them off. Simple!

What goals do you make as a family?


by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I dont set resolutions.. I live day by day..

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

 we need to discuss this....i know 1 goal is to pay off dh's car...another goal is to get me a minivan. hopefully our taxes will be good to us this year to achieve these goals!

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

 We have a family goal of moving more this year.

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM
One I've done before is "make more home cooked meals" that was years ago and guess what? I'm up to pretty much 7 days a week now. It wasn't a resolution but a life change.

This year I'd like to start doing more things around the big city. Checking out museums, jump places, rock climbing that kind of thing.
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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

 To get more organized.

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

These are great tips!

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

This year it's really just to get debt settled and get us in a happy financial medium.

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