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?