Happy 2018! This is a wonderful time for change and growth not only as a person, but most importantly, as a family. Although we believe that any day is a great time to make some changes, traditionally, the beginning of each year is a clean slate.
We can start by reflecting on last year and remembering all of our parenting successes. What would you like to bring into this New Year? What would you like to leave in 2017? To add to that list, here are some New Year’s Resolutions for the health and happiness of your family.
1. Say “yes” more.
It’s easy to turn down silly ideas that your kids may have, but what would happen if you said “yes” every once in a while? This mom tried this out and said “yes” to her kids for a whole week, and she found some surprising results.
2. Spend less time on screens.
According to CNN, the average person devotes more than 10 hours of their time a day to media consumption and screen time. This is something we are all guilty of: Mom, Dad, the kids, even Grandma. Be more aware of how much time your family is spending on their electronic devices (iPads, iPhones, TVs, video games, etc.) Encourage your loved ones to spend more face-to-face time over quality-bonding activities and home-cooked meals.
3. Try new foods together.
Expand your palettes and escape your comfort zones by trying new foods and recipes as a family. You can do this by picking a new restaurant instead of going to your usual favorite, or making a salad out of exotic vegetables and fruits you’ve never seen before.
We suggest this Asian Black Rice Salad With Orange Ginger Dressing or this Fig and Prosciutto Ravioli.
I know what you’re thinking… “my kids won’t eat that!” That’s why this year is all about trying new things and keeping an open mind.
4. Exercise together.
Everyone can use a little more activity in their life. Each week, set aside a day for your whole family to go out and do something active together. You can go to the park and play tag, go on a bike ride, play soccer, take the dog on a walk, or even go on a light jog (make it fun by calling it a race, and let the winner choose dinner that night).
When you exercise outside with your family, make sure that each child has a Scout GPS Tracker on them at all times. In case you split up, you will be able to track their exact locations and find them right away. For more information, go to findmyscout.com.
5. Cut out the texting and driving.
According to the Huffington Post, using a cellphone while driving increases the risk of a crash by 4 times. HP also claims that a driver can safely glance away from the road for two seconds while driving a vehicle, but drivers usually take five seconds to look away from the road and check their phones.
Many Americans text and drive, so it’s important to not be one of them. If anything, you should be more aware of your surroundings and the road because chances are, the drivers around you are not looking out for themselves and where their cars are going.
Protect your family and be a defensive driver.
6. Become a greener family.
Teach your kids the importance of preserving the environment. You can do this by showing them how to recycle, and teaching them to turn off the water and lights when they are not using them. You can also cut out the amount of plastic your family uses.
We hope your 2018 is filled with love, laughter and safety. Do you think you’re going to follow any of these suggested New Year’s Resolutions? If so, tweet us at @findmyscout and tell us all about it!