The start of the New Year is a great time to think about making some positive lifestyle changes like eating healthier, getting more exercise, and spending more quality time with your family.
But how do you keep your New Year’s resolutions? By making a calendar with one resolution dedicated to each month so that you only work on one at a time!
Step 1: Make some New Year’s resolutions
Discuss the idea of New Year’s resolutions with the whole family. You can explain the concept to young children by simply saying that resolutions are promises that you make to yourself. Come up with some of your own resolutions first so that kids can get a better understanding.
Younger children may need help thinking of resolutions. Some good ones for kids include:
- I will walk the family dog once a day.
- I will tidy my bedroom once a week.
- I will finish my homework before dinner every night.
Keep resolutions simple, realistic, and specific. Generalized resolutions, like “Get fit,” are difficult to keep because they don’t give you any concrete goals to attain. Resolutions that are too ambitious, like “Work out for 2 hours every day,” are likely to be given up quickly. “I will go for a 20 minute walk 3 times a week” is a resolution that you will find much easier to stick to.
After everyone has thought of a couple individual resolutions, make some that apply to the whole family. Some possibilities are:
- We will eat dinner together every night.
- We will start a weekly family game night.
- We will try a new food once a week for a month.
Step 2: Make a homemade photo calendar
- 13 sheets of white computer paper
- 2 sheets of construction paper
- Pen, pencil, and/or markers
- Family photos (old or new)
- Any decorations (if you wish)
- Draw out the basic grid for each month of the year (or make them on your computer).
- Staple all the pages together (in the correct order) with an extra blank piece of paper before “January.”
- Add a sheet of construction paper on either end for a cover.
- Tape a photo to the top section of each month. Use some group shots and some individual photos. You can also make the pictures represent your resolutions.
- Add stickers or other decorations.
Step 3: Add your family’s resolutions to the calendar
Assign one resolution to each month of the year. Write the resolution (using the family member’s name) below the picture for that month on your calendar. When each month rolls around, you’ll know which resolution to work on. Your main goal is to stick to the resolution for that month, but if you do that successfully, you’ll realize that you can keep it going afterwards!
Step 4: Help each other stick to the resolutions!
Since most of your family’s resolutions are likely to be individual ones, only one person will actually be working on a resolution during most
A good way to help younger children is to use a sticker system on your calendar. Simply place a sticker on the calendar on each day that your child successfully sticks to her resolution. months. But this doesn’t mean that the rest of the family is off the hook! It’s everyone’s job to help and encourage the person who is working on a resolution.