Articles for parents
2 min read

How setting New Year's resolutions can be good for you and your family

Jan 2024

A fun part of the new year is making a fresh start and planning how you could get more out of the next 365 days. Lots of people like to do this by setting New Year’s resolutions such as exercising more, eating less, saving more money, cutting down on the time spent on their phone and finally finishing that book!

There are a great many benefits to starting the year by setting yourself a challenge. Seeing it through to the end is a way you can demonstrate focus, determination and ultimately, success to your children, and can help shape the way they set themselves challenges too.

This year, why not set a challenge as a family and work towards it together? 

Perhaps your family goal could be to all become healthier. You could, for instance, work with your children to plan weekly menus, considering the required food groups and your recommended intake of sugar and salt. In this way, everyone can be involved in keeping the resolution while learning about food and nutrition in the process.

Or you could challenge the family to do a certain number of hours of collective exercise per week. This could be at their school, or clubs or together by taking up a sport such as tennis. Remember, parents need to be involved in contributing to the family exercise hours too!

Whatever you decide your family target will be, deciding on a New Year’s resolution such as this is a great way to work together towards pursuing a shared goal. It also shows your children that you are prepared to work as hard as they are.

Demonstrating your willingness to persevere and follow through on a commitment will help your children develop the same attitudes and achieve their own goals, so let’s make 2024 the year we all set and stick to our resolutions!