Top 5 Parent New Year’s Resolutions for 2016
The end of the holiday season ushers in the beginning of a new year, and with all the hustle and bustle behind us we all have a chance for a fresh start. Our best intentions for New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be met with a bit of resistance, whether from ourselves or from our children. But here at Kinnecting, we think the best kinds of resolutions are family New Year’s resolutions, and we think it’s worth the effort to make them work.
We’ve made a great list here of some of our favorite parent New Year’s resolutions for 2016, along with our best tips about how to make them work. Have your own resolutions and tips to share? Comment below and download the Kinnecting App to share your wisdom with parents in your area!
Our Favorite Parent New Year’s Resolutions
Spend More Time with Your Child
In the midst of our busy, modern lives it can be difficult to find time to sit down and spend one-on-one time with your child. This time is essential for having a meaningful connection with your kids, and for creating memories that they will cherish for life. Our friends over at Hand In Hand Parenting call this personal time with your children “Special Time.” Check out their page for tips on how to make this a priority for your family this year!
Eat Healthier as a Family
We don’t need to tell you about the importance of a good diet- but good intentions can turn into chicken nuggets really quickly on a busy weeknight. The key to a good diet is often in the planning, and we know plenty of crafty parents who have simplified the planning process. One of our favorite ideas are make ahead freezer meals, especially when we can pop them in the crockpot in the morning and let them cook all day.
For those who like a more flexible plan, creating a stash of easy, healthy recipes that include ingredients that keep well can be a lifesaver when a time-consuming meal isn’t in the cards. One of our favorite meals is a simple stir fry using a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and noodles, a tablespoon of oil, a tablespoon of soy sauce and a frozen chicken breast. Check out some great tips on healthy meals from our friends at Family Circle.
Your kids will learn from the habits you teach them early in life, so implementing a good diet will give them an important head start to a healthy lifestyle. For tips and product suggestions that make eating healthy easy, check out some awesome food products parent’s are talking about in the Kinnecting App.
Travel More as a Family
If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more with your family, then kudos to you. You’ve decided on a difficult but oh so worth it undertaking. Traveling with your children- even domestically- exposes them to different people and cultures that they may not have come across in their own environment. Traveling as a family is great for bringing you and your children closer together.
Want to take some of the stress out of your traveling this year? Then make sure to check out our other post about the great products we’ve found that make traveling with kids so much easier!
More Family Activities
Spending more time as a family is a worthwhile goal. Our favorite way to encourage family time is by setting aside one night per week for family game night. Click here for our suggestions for some of the best games to play as a family!
For most New Year’s resolutions,, starting out slow and consistent is the key for establishing lasting change. For planning larger activities like outings, setting aside a saturday every month can help establish a family tradition of making time for family. Whether you’re going to the zoo or going ice skating, these outings can create fun memories for your kids and bring you all closer together. Head over to our friends at Red Tricycle for lots of new ideas on what to do together as a family.
Spend More Time in a Book, and Less Time with a Screen
Phones, computers, and tablets are extraordinary technology that allow us to access information, media, and other people instantaneously. As great as this technology is, we have a tendency to get sucked into it. This year, many of you will be trying to reduce screen time, and trying to increase the amount of time you and your kids spend with a book.
A study published in the August 10th issue of Pediatrics found that when children are read to by a parent, the parts of their brains that help with mental imagery and understanding narratives are activated. This is one of the first biology based studies of its kind, and shows the impact of reading to your children on their literacy and emotional maturity.
Parents in your area are thinking about family New Year’s resolutions for 2016, too. Share your resolutions or get ideas for new ones by downloading the Kinnecting App.