Does Your Family Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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Another New Year means another set of resolutions or goals. Most resolutions we make are individual, like losing weight, eating healthier, moving more, doing better at work or school, etc. These are easy to give up on because they lack accountability. This year, think about switching things up a little and creating resolutions as a family. What are some things you want to do together this year? What part will each family member contribute to making this happen? 

As you start planning 2022, here are some ideas for family resolutions or goals:

  • Spend more time together
  • Save money
  • Get unplugged
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Eat more meals together (and maybe even prepare those meals together!)
  • Exercise together
  • Serve your community together
  • Lighten the family load by setting expectations and sticking with them

In our Empowering Youth and Families Program, we discuss many of these family activities and the idea of setting goals. We encourage having regular family meetings to maintain continued accountability for each member in the house. Family meetings are the perfect time for playing games, making lists, and keeping things in check. 

Creating a list of resolutions can be fun and beneficial to the entire household. Many of the goals you set as a family can also function as individual goals. You simply gain someone to help you stick to them. Now, grab your favorite mug full of hot chocolate, list-making supplies, and your family members – and start brainstorming!

To learn more about the Empowering Youth and Families Program, contact Niki Maness. Email: niki_maness@ncsu.edu, phone in Yancey (828) 682-6186 or Mitchell (828) 688-4811.