TGIF Parents!!! It is another new year, and we will talk about the family goals we can set for the new year. The previous year was filled with so many unforeseen events that might have derailed us from previous goals; both as individuals and as families. But we can kick off this year by being intentional and specific about the things we want in the year and sticking with them. Setting goals as a family is important, as the family is a unit that functions best together.
We will be looking at five goals we can set as a family for the new year to make 2021 a year of bonding, fun, innovation, and so much more.
Eating Meals Together
Family mealtime is an important goal to set for the new year. This can be challenging for most families as external factors such as work come into play and affect mealtime. It seems like a simple goal to set for the year, but being intentional about it will make this goal come to fruition.
Set a goal to have dinner two to three times in week through the year; this will be of benefit to parents and children to talk about how the week was, the challenges, and offer solutions for each member of the family.
More Communication Time
Another goal for the year is setting the time to communicate with each other as a family. Talking and listening to your partner and children is an important goal to set for the new year. This will benefit the family by creating a bonding experience all through the year and allow us to focus on long term goals we want to achieve together.
As parents, setting the time to communicate should be an intentional thing in this new year. After dinners, setting out thirty minutes to converse before bedtime with the children, or talking with our spouses in the early hours of the morning before preparing for work will build understanding.
Have a Family Hobby
This is important for family togetherness in the new year. Having a set of activities that every member of the family can participate in is a great goal to have through the course of the year. It can be innovative as families can learn something new and have new communication skills and equally fun to improve the family mentally and physically.
Some examples of these hobbies can be indoor/ outdoor games, exercising, decluttering the home every home and so much. This goal will fuel communication skills and connectivity in the family.
Create a Family Budget
Going into the new year, financial wellness is essential in our goals for the year, and for that to be possible we need to make budgeting a family thing. This can be a difficult goal to set, especially as a family, but being intentional and sticking with it will make it work. Eliminating or trimming unnecessary expenses can be discussed in the family and every input from all members of the family will be accounted for.
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Encourage this attitude of saving in children for the year to make them financially conscious from a young age.
Taking a Yearly Family Vacation
A family vacation is a good goal to set ahead of the year. Taking the time out as a family to get away from all the stress from work, school, and going to a different environment to relax is an achievement in itself. This will expose us to new things and allow us to create new memories with each other.
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Having a vacation spot in your state or country is good and budget-friendly for the family. Also, making this a plan for the year and possibly a tradition for the years to come will be a great experience for the family as a whole.
Family goals are essential in family developments and also for each member of the family to grow socially, mentally, physically, and so on; and allow us connect on levels we did not think were possible. Be intentional and specific about your goal for the year; have a wonderful year ahead!