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New Year’s Resolutions that all the Family will Love

New Year’s Resolutions that all the Family will Love

The New Year is packed with resolutions from everyone – the gyms are full of post festive bodies and the healthy food aisles in supermarkets are suddenly out of produce.  New Year may be a big event for the grown ups but you can also get your kids involved by making some new promises together which will help to improve your family life. Here are a few ideas:

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Getting outdoors more

It’s really easy to snuggle up on the sofa together and put on a movie but getting outdoors is so important.  In fact, 90 percent of our best childhood memories take place outside. So create some new memories for your family, whether its a walk in the park, hiring a boat or heading down the local river or lake together – there is so much that you can do.

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Be Thankful

Encourage your children to really appreciate the things that they have – so many children (including mine) forget to say thank you, or are showered with gifts every time they see relatives.  Encourage your children to make thank you cards – it could be something a member of the family has done for them or a day out that they have had together. Design your own cards with card, glue, glitter pens and ribbon and help teach your children the art of gratitude.

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Book in some Adventure Days

Weekends can easily to wasted tidying up toys and passing hours in soft play centres or the park so make a resolution to change this. Create a list of five amazing things that you’d like to do as a family – it could be going to a family friendly festival like Camp Bestival, trying out indoor sledging or snowboarding at The Snow Dome – or even hiking across a mountain – get a family wall planner and plot in the days that your adventures will take place.  It will add new excitement to family time.

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Create a Photo Book

Record all of your memories on camera and pick the best ones every few months. Create a photo book to document your experiences – something that your children can keep forever to remind them of their childhood.

 

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Cook together

 

Supermarket ready meals everywhere and frozen foods are just so easy to whip up for young children.  However, cooking together is fun – shop together to buy ingredients and take turns to chop, stir and mix – a great bonding experience.  It also teaches children a new skill and helps them to be proud of what they have created. Try Ella’s Kitchen Cookbooks, available from Amazon – they are packed with simple healthy recipes that all of the family will love.  

 

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Eat Together

The kids come home from school and they are starving but you’re not ready to eat at 4pm – so often it ends up with the family eating different meals at different times.  Make a resolution to have a big family meal on a Sunday – it could be a traditional roast and you can even make it together as without school there is more time to prepare.  Eat together, turn off the TVs and have some good old fashioned family time.



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