Millions of Americans write down New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the year. It is a great opportunity to have a clean slate and dream a little for the upcoming year. I think there is never a better time than the present to teach our kids about setting goals, dreaming big and looking ahead. Something you can do together as a family is to create a yearly ritual where you put on some fun music, get out a poster board and markers, grab some magazines and create a family vision board. You can chat as a family about all the things you would like to see happen in the upcoming year.
What are some health goals you would like to achieve as a family? Possibly train for a long bike ride or hike in the summer? Maybe everyone would like to try cooking healthier meals during the week. If everyone in the family could lose a bit of weight and get in shape, you could come up with a number of pounds you would like to lose all together. You may come up with a goal to go to the gym once a week as a family and workout, swim, play basketball or all of the above. Have fun creating long term goals that everyone is excited about.
What are some fun goals that your family would like to commit to for 2012? Maybe incorporating a game night is something you have chatted about in the past but never committed to. You could pencil in a camping trip during the summer or a monthly ritual to explore your town. Let everyone in the family brainstorm their ideas and then come up with the top ones to put on the vision board.
I think it is a great idea to teach kids the importance of financial smarts from an early age. It will save them a lot of heartache and money as they get older. This yearly ritual would be a good opportunity to discuss money and the importance of goal setting and saving. Is there something specific that each family member would like to save for? Possibly an Ipod for a child or a new cell phone? Maybe a family vacation? Maybe your son wants the newest pair of basketball shoes that cost $250. Think of individual goals and a family goal and then discuss what needs to happen to achieve those goals. Put some pictures on the vision board and then take it a step further by writing monthly and weekly goals for each person. For example, have kids set aside $5 every week of allowance until their goal is met.
Now comes the fun part! What would you like to achieve as a family and individually? Maybe your husband would like to get that job promotion he has been working on and one of your kids would be excited to score a goal in all of his or her soccer games? Or that the family will take part in their first triathlon together? Remember that each individual should try to come up with his or her own goals for things they would like to achieve. As a family, what would you consider an achievement? Cut out pictures or words that represent what you want to work towards and put it on your vision board.
It is a New Year and this is the perfect time to have some fun as a family and create some long term goals that everyone is excited about. Teach and set by example the importance of dreaming big, pushing yourself to work towards something meaningful, and sharing in the excitement of achieving it. Have fun!
Leslie Gail is a Lifestyle and Simplicity Expert, best-selling Author, Mom TV web show host and Mom of two.
Tell me, what are some family goals you’ve set?