With a new year ahead, we get to refresh and restart the way we do things. Taking stock of ourselves and how we can improve is always the mindset for us when January rolls around. As the saying goes, “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” I thought it was the perfect opportunity to include the kids on some ideas for our resolutions… After all, we can all use a little refining.
We talked to the kids about realistic resolutions that they need to work towards. We started with our Roman. Our ball full of energy who is quite the tank for three years old.
- Clean up his toys
- Not answer back
- wash his hands before meals and after the potty
- clear the table of his dishes after a meal
- always be nice to his friends
- and respect what he has and not be destructive
Kids 6-10 years old
- Read more, not just before bed, but in the middle of the day too
- Taking good care of your skin by putting on sunscreen every day before leaving the house.
- Putting tea tree oil in their hair before school to avoid unwanted critters
- Participate in a sport
- Always wear a helmet
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Talk to kids who are sitting alone at school
- I will follow house hold rules
- I will clean my room when told and pick up clothes on the floor
This was a great way to start the new year for our family. We like using a reward system for good choices and good behavior. We use the Erin Condren system for the older two and with our preschooler, we like using a mason jar. You can read about the Erin Condren system here. With the mason jar for Roman, we put a coin or a shell in it for every good behavior. You can also take one away when your child is being defiant. I like to reward my preschooler when he gets to ten coins. We go to the dollar store and I let him pick out a toy. He will be four years old at the end of the month and is starting to understand instruction a lot better.
For Bobby and I, we had to dig deep as to what was important and for both of us its our health. We are looking to not eat processed foods at least 6 days out of the week. That means more whole foods, with lots of fruits and vegetables. We also are going to be Vegan till lunch which is illustrated in the new book Tiny and Full, by NY Times best selling author, Jorge Cruise.
For me, I need to get back to the gym and kick-start losing my baby weight. Now that my little fellow is three months, I am ready to get back into a routine. I also want to be more consistent with the children and follow through with what I say. What are your family’s resolutions? Comment below