Age-Appropriate New Year's Resolutions for Your Family

New Year Resolutions

As another new year rapidly approaches, you may be struggling with the idea of resolutions. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, the past few years have been nothing short of eventful. Consider things that would bring joy. Maybe you’d like to go on more family outings together or spend time volunteering. Here are some resolution ideas you can enjoy with your family.

  • Try new foods together. Whether your family is adventurous or hesitant with food, trying something new can be fun! Check out Kid Food Explorers for child-friendly ideas.
  • Read more books. This is a win-win for everyone in the family. Take a look at our checklist for some fun ways to incorporate reading into your everyday life.
  • Donate those items that are sitting in your car (or closet). We all have that donation pile. Invite your child to help sort and pack up items. Then take your child along when you drop everything off. If you don’t already have a donation pile, commit to starting one. Ask your child if there are toys or clothes they want to donate and explain the importance of it. 
  • Create a family time jar. Spending more time together is one of the best resolutions! Think of some of your favorite activities and write them on a piece of paper or popsicle stick. Try to come up with at least five to ten things to get the jar started. We compiled some ideas if you need a little inspiration.
  • Family game night. Tuck away your devices and play some board games! 
    • Toddler: Monkey Around; Roll & Play; First Orchard; Here, Fishy, Fishy; Seek-a-Boo; Acorn Soup; Lucky Ducks; Where’s Bear?
    • Preschool: Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel; Snug as a Bug in a Rug; Candyland; Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar; Hi Ho! Cherry-o; Hoot Owl Hoot; Feed the Woozle; Pancake Pile-Up; Don’t Break the Ice; Friends and Neighbors
    • Kindergarten +: Outfoxed; Trouble; Uno; Zingo; Ticket to Ride First Journey; Stone Soup; Connect4; The Floor is Lava; Rhino Hero
  • Learn a new skill. Try learning a new language together. Or choose a new hobby like painting.
  • Head outside. The benefits of outdoor time are endless for children. Even on cold or rainy days. So, try to commit to spending more time outdoors. It could be as simple as a daily walk around the neighborhood or exploring nearby parks.
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