New Years Resolutions To Improve Family Life
Our new years resolutions tend to focus on personal growth goals and things we can do for ourselves as individuals. Personal growth and happiness should involve tending to our relationships and improving our family life. If you are interested in increasing the health of and satisfaction from your family relationships, check out the following suggestions for inspiration.
Keep Everyone in the Loop
Support and foster values of open communication about what everyone is up to in their day-to-day lives. This is helpful for relating but also for practical reasons so that each member of the family can be aware of what the others are up to. Everyone can plan better, avoid missing appointments or a shared meal, and reduce conflicts. Create a calendar, either physical or digital (or both), that everyone has access to as an easy reference.
Plan Activities Together
Make planned family activities a regular (but not too frequent) recurring event. Select things to do that revolve around shared interests some of the time and individual interests at other times. This is a good way to get to know each other’s hobbies and interests. Avoid making it a mandatory obligation that feels forced; instead, create a feeling of a fun, opt-in opportunity.
This may be harder to organize successfully with some teenagers but having the open invitation available will be appreciated. Growing up with this as a tradition also makes it a natural thing.
Improve the Lives of Your Senior Loved Ones
Plan to visit the seniors in your life more frequently yet with shorter durations. It will be easier for them to increase their social activity but also maintain energy levels this way. Assist with housekeeping and handy work for them around the home to increase their comfort and safety. Do healthy activities together like walking or cooking. Arrange for services to get the care they need at home when you are not available and to help those who require additional health care and support services from qualified, compassionate caregivers.
Enjoy Meals Together
Everyone needs to eat, and if you cannot manage to get everyone together frequently for fun activities, meals enjoyed together can provide that regular quality time to catch up. Prepare recipes together to increase the enjoyment and feelings of helpfulness – and ease up your own cooking work load! Assign tasks that are age-appropriate. Baking is also a great shared activity.
Maintain Healthy Alone Time
Having time to oneself is important and promoting togetherness can be taken too far. Be sure to respect everyone’s need for alone time and your own.
Support One-on-One Connections
Time away from the kids for a date night is a healthy practice that helps maintain your romantic bond with your partner. Making time for other pairings, like mother and son, father and daughter, and the kids spending time together as a duo or in different pairs also puts attention on and supports growth for one-on-one connections separate from the family as a group.
Make it a Priority
Homelife can often slip into the background and only occupy the space around the rest of your life, like your job and personal interests. Everyone gets busy. Recognize and admit there is always time for the things that matter most if you make it. This is easier to realize if you consciously make a commitment and make your family a priority. Sit together and talk about the ideas above and share your feelings about what you would like to do to make this year great.