Happy New Year 2013This morning you are either one of two people: you are feeling rested, refreshed and excited about the possibilities of the New Year because your young children go to bed at 8pm and you followed shortly behind them, or you are feeling exhausted because you stayed up late to ring in the New Year and your children didn’t get the memo to sleep in, but you’ll be excited for the possibilities of the New Year once you get your infusion of morning energy.

Whichever Mommy you are today, I’m sure you know that you have a lot to look forward to in this New Year! Along with the excitement of new possibilities you might also be feeling the “I’ve gotta change some things this year” itch. Isn’t it great that we get this little kick to make things better? As long as you aren’t being hard on yourself, this motivation to change, this resolve, can be great for you and your family. As parents, we can pretty easily see what needs a resolution to change, make a list, make a plan, and attempt to carry out those plans. Our children however might struggle with this concept a bit. Here are some tips to help make some family resolutions that everyone can help carry out this New Year:

  • Start the conversation off with a discussion about grace. It’s easy for kids (and adults) to think that they failed because there are SO many things that they could be doing differently. Remind children that you love them and God loves them even though they aren’t “perfect” (that’s Grace), but that we always have a chance to make ourselves better.
  • Pick realistic and attainable resolutions. One idea is to pick one goal in different areas. For example, pick one goal in health and wellness, one in quality time, and one in spirituality.
  • If you haven’t already, take time to come up with a family mission statement and have a discussion about what things are most valued to your family. This could be a great way for kids to see where the resolutions come from and will help bond you together as a family.
  • Make the 1st a celebration too! Have a special meal together, play games, dance, make a fun craft out of your newly made family resolutions.

Here is a cute craft to help your family display their resolutions.

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful day together today and can use these tips to help build an even stronger bond in 2013!