If you’re anything like us, you’ve finally crossed off your remaining New Year’s resolution from last year – because you admit you’ll never do it. This year, don’t reach for the impossible, try our 20 guilt-free resolutions!
But don’t get overly ambitious. Pick only a few, or just one. After all, the goal is not to check off resolutions, but to enrich and enliven your family life.
- Put notes of encouragement in your children’s school bags.
- Schedule a regular family walk around the estate (you can even try it backwards).
- Camp overnight in your living room. Have a pillow fight.
- Have a “Family Memory Night.” Everyone gets to share his or her funniest memories and best family moments.
- Once a week, leave an “I love you” note in a family member’s shoe.
- Make it a point to ask your kids daily before school, “What is one thing you’re looking forward to today?” and after school, “What was the best thing that happened to you today?”
- When your child is talking to you, stop what you’re doing, look him in the eyes and listen.
- Say “I love you” to your spouse at the start of each day. To keep it fresh, learn to say it in different languages.
- Get to know your children’s friends. Have a “Friends’ Dinner” once a month. Let each child invite a guest.
- Have a different family member call Grandma every week.
- Keep a running list of things your family is thankful for. Post it on the refrigerator door.
- Plan family “Read and Feed” nights. Take turns to read out loud to each other. Provide favorite snacks, pillows and blankets.
- Be intentional in noticing the positive things about your spouse and children. Write them down and compile them into a list. Share the list with them weekly.
- Create a family “Quote Board.” Whenever someone says something funny or strange, post it on the board for everyone to see.
- Pick a night of the week to be “No-Screen Night.” Turn off all computers, televisions and mobile phones to do something fun as a family.
- Write a love letter to your spouse. Sign it off with your nickname.
- Before you plan your week’s schedule, sit down with your spouse and children and pencil in some quality family time.
- Once a month, invite another family over for dinner on the spur of the moment. The house will be messy, the food will be delivered, and the evening will be fantastic!
- Celebrate everything, even the little stuff. Make a badge for shoe-tying experts or celebrate losing a tooth by serving ice-cream.
- Resolve not to make any more New Year’s resolutions!
Extracted from 50 Guilt-Free Resolutions, January/February 2011 issue of Thriving Family magazine. © 2011 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.