6 Family Resolutions for the New Year

Resolve to be a better family in 2017 with these suggestions.

Many adults make New Year’s Resolutions each January, but the sad reality is only about 8 percent of people actually achieve the goals they set. Of course no parent wants to set this as an example for children. So instead of doing individual resolutions this year, why not do family resolutions so you can all keep each other accountable?

Consider setting a tradition of making family resolutions that can improve every member’s life, strengthen family bonds and encourage family fun. Following are six suggestions to kick off the new year.


Set a Date for Meals Together

Families are busy, but set aside one night each week for a family meal. Put it on everyone’s calendars, digital or paper, and take turns picking meals, preparing and cleaning up together.


Tackle a Family Project

Pick at least one project to tackle as a family — paint a room, clean the garage, plant a garden. Just do it together. Have everyone come up with ideas and then vote on which improvement project is the family favorite. Make a supply list, have the kids research how to do certain jobs online, talk to the experts at your local hardware store and then roll up your sleeves.


Explore Close To Home

Each state has so many amazing places that often go forgotten by those living closest to them. Pick at least one destination close to home and make a day trip out of it for the entire family. 


Make a Family Investment

Decide this is going to be the year where you finally dabble in the stock market. As a family, agree on one or two companies you would like to invest a small amount of money in, and then at your weekly family meal, one person (this can rotate) can be in charge of providing an update on how that stock is doing. 


Declare a No-Technology Holiday

Pick one of the holidays of the year and put all technology away for that one day: no phone, no laptop and no tablet. While celebrating the significant meaning of that day, add to it some new memories of your family reconnecting instead of staring at screens.


Choose a Charity

As a family identify a local charity or family in need to support for the entire year. What you do to support that charity or family is up to you. Whether you give time, money, labor or products, just stay committed as a family to doing it. 


Greg Murset is the inventor of My Job Chart, CEO of Busy Kid and father of six. He also is a certified financial planner and consultant who has become a leading advocate for sound parenting, child accountability and financial literacy. Find more tips at busykids.com.