Sunday, December 11, 2011

4 Tips to Creating and Sticking to New Year Resolutions as a Family

Each year, people around the world create resolutions, then promptly forget about them. This year, create a new trend by making sure that your family sticks to their resolutions.

Four Tips to Creating and Sticking to New Year Resolutions

Create Goals that Can Be Achieved Together

Two of the most popular New Year Resolutions are saving money and losing weight. These are objectives that can be achieved as a family. If your family wants to save money, think together about some areas that can be trimmed. Finding a new car insurance carrier is one way to lower monthly bills.

Car insurance for families can get very costly, but by shopping around and getting quotes from other providers, you may find a significant savings. If you are happy with your current insurance provider, contact them and request a new quote for the new year.

Other areas where savings are possible include monthly meal planning, including choosing to eat at home more often. Make and stick to a budget for miscellaneous expenses as well. Get younger kids involved in the resolution and encourage them to save half of their allowance each week.

Plan a Strategy

If your family is serious about their New Year Resolutions, sit down together and plot out a plan on how to best achieve the chosen goals. Whether you have decided to pursue a singular resolution as a family, such as completing a 5k or regularly volunteering, or if you each have your made your own personal vow, you can still work together to find the right path to reaching victory.

The best strategy is to break a goal down into smaller, more achievable parts. A family that chooses to run a road race together may need to start training from the ground up. In this case, pick a goal for each month.

In January, purchase a book running, do online training research, and pick the race in which the family will run. State that by February, you will all have the ability to run one mile. In March, the goal is two miles, and so on until the race has been completed.

Any goal can be planned in a similar manner. All it takes is some time and a little effort to help each family member decide the best way to stick to their resolution.

Keep Each Other in Check

In a centralized location in the house, make a chart with each family member's New Year Resolution. Each week, have each person write on the chart what they did to reach their stated goal. If a family member wishes to learn a new language, they should write the number of hours they studied that week.

If a resolution is to stop smoking or to give up any other type of vice, have them list the number of cigarettes they smoked that week. Go over the chart as a family to encourage each other to succeed.

Another way to keep each other accountable for resolutions is to place reminders throughout the house. Use sticky notes on bathroom mirrors with that month's goal. Really ambitious families can have t-shirts printed with their resolutions emblazoned for the world to see.

Reward the Family for Achieving Their Goals

Consider attaching a reward to the resolution. The rewards can be as simple as a family night out to celebrate or as exciting as a vacation to an exotic locale. Young children may particularly benefit from a rewards system. Let them know that if they do their part in helping the family to achieve a resolution, they will receive a special prize, such as a trip to the movies or a day at a pottery painting studio.

For families that have individual resolutions, turn the process into a game. Purchase gift cards to local shopping centers or to online vendors in varying amounts. The first person to complete their resolution gets the largest denomination, the second to finish gets the second highest denomination, and so on until all resolutions have been completed.

Of course, not all resolutions involve reaching a one time goal. Whereas one family member's resolution may be to lose 10 pounds, another's might be to volunteer at a pet shelter once a week. In this case, rewards can be awarded the following New Year's Eve.

Purchase inexpensive trophies and have them engraved with titles such as 'Most Persistent in Achieving New Year Resolution,' 'Fastest Time to Achieve Goal,' and so on. This can become a yearly tradition that your children will continue with their own.

New Year Resolutions are not made to be broken, they are made to encourage ourselves and one another to be the best we can be. When families are willing to help each other achieve their goals, they strengthen they not only become healthier in mind and spirit, but they strengthen their bonds with each other.

Author Bio: Rachel Peters is a freelance writer and a devoted mother. When she is not busy taking care of her family, she can be found trying to find car insurance online.

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