Family new years resolutions

Now that Christmas is behind us, the New Year is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start thinking about New Years resolutions. Instead of the same old resolutions I always end up with for myself, I thought it would be nice to start some family resolutions for 2014. So here it goes. These are just a few of our goals for the new year (let’s hope we’re still sticking to some of them come next December!):

* Put the electronic devices away – This is easier said than done, I know. I often look up from checking my smartphone to see my husband on his, as our toddler is playing by herself and I immediately feel flooded with guilt. It’s tough to disconnect these days because we are all so addicted to checking email/social media/texts all day long. Who hasn’t been at a dinner where half of the party is on their phones? But it’s important to show the people we are with – especially our kids – that we are actively present. So this year, we’re committing to turning off our devices at key times like dinnertime or family movie night. Small steps, right?

* Eat fresh, eat healthy – This is a resolution that I have for myself every year, but it seems even more important now with two little ones at home. As a full-time working mom, some days it feels downright impossible to think up a healthy delicious meal that I can whip up in the few hours we have before bedtime. And with a new newborn in the house, take-out has become our BFF. But with a little advanced planning and prep, perhaps 2014 is the year to make it happen.

* More date nights  – Happy parents equal happy kids. So this year we’re committing to taking more time for ourselves, and actually hiring some sitters and getting out. Even if it’s just to grab a bite to eat child-free, having alone time is so important to reconnect.  And if you’re like us, the days/weeks/months slip away so fast that unless we plan dates in advance, it’s just not happening.

These are just a few of the resolutions we’ve made in our household, what are some of your family New Year’s resolutions?

 

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