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Reverse New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Busy Families

Posted by Kim Schlauch on Jan 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

New Year's Resolutions list

Setting New Year’s resolutions can be well worth the effort when they are realistic and aligned with what matters most to you and your family.  But adding these items to your family’s “to-do” list can prove to be more of a hindrance than a help.

Instead of identifying more things to do this year, how about identifying things you might want to stop doing?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Stop Overscheduling.  Find the right balance for your family between structured and free time.  Give yourselves permission to cut back on scheduled activities to allow more breathing room in your schedule. 

  • Unplug.  Make an effort to disconnect from technology and reconnect with one another.  Eat a meal together at least once a week and talk to one another while doing so.

  • Learn to Say No.  When asked to do something, before giving your answer, really think about whether you have the time necessary to make the commitment.  If you don’t, just say “no.”  Even if you think you might have the time, rather than saying “yes” immediately, say ‘let me check my calendar and get back to you.” This will give you the time and space needed to make the best scheduling decision for you and your family.

  • Argue Less.  Focus on building one another up, not tearing each other down.  Each time you speak negatively to a family member, think of two positive things to say afterwards.  If nothing else, the effort it takes in coming up with the positive points might just deter you from making the negative statements.

  • Learn to Say Yes. To fun and spontaneity, that is.   I know, this is actually an addition to the list, but a valuable one that can have a positive and worthwhile impact.  When your son asks you to play a game, say “yes.”  When your daughter wants to bake cookies with you, say “yes.”  The time spent on these tasks will be well worth the effort in the long run.  


Bottom Line:  Our kids’ childhoods will be over before we know it.   If we are too caught up in the day-to-day we will miss out on the things that truly matter.  Taking the time to establish “reverse” resolutions can offer your family the means to simplify your lives, reduce stress, allow time for the things that matter most and help you to live life more intentionally.



About the Author

Kim is the blog content manager at Liberty Christian School. She has professional experience in the fields of business and education and hands-on experience as the mother of two school-age children. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and anything chocolate.