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15 New Year's Resolutions for Parents

1. Take breaks from screen time.

1. Take breaks from screen time.

Doctors will tell you that you and your kids need a break from staring at screens. Put them away for family hikes, games, and meals. This will help you have more quality family time and teach your children that it isn’t always polite to stare at their phones.

2. Have family game time.

2. Have family game time.

Though family members may groan initially, everyone ends up having a great time at family game night. Laughing together makes memories kids will cherish for years to come!

3. Eat dinner as a family.

3. Eat dinner as a family.

Schedules can be complex; However, statistics show that children who eat meals with their family have fewer emotional and behavioral problems. If you want to have a better relationship with your children, try having family dinner at least once per week.

4. Spend individual time with each child.

4. Spend individual time with each child.

Kids, just like adults, appreciate being acknowledged as an individual. By spending time alone, you can make sure each child is getting your full attention and find out what interests you have in common.

5. Instill Discipline.

5. Instill Discipline.

Make sure your children have structure and routine in their life. By following through with rules and punishments, your kids will be more prepared for adult life.

6. Eat healthy as a family.

6. Eat healthy as a family.

It’s easier to get kids to eat healthy if you start young. By eating healthy, parents model good behavior for their children and the whole family receives the health benefits!

7. Have a family adventure.

7. Have a family adventure.

Let kids help when planning your next family vacation or weekend excursion. Exploring a state park or visiting a movie studio will build strong family bonds and give children lifetime memories!

8. Check their online world.

8. Check their online world.

Take a look at what your kids are doing online. Don't feel guilty about invading their privacy. You’re their parent, so it’s your responsibility to keep them safe.

9. Get moving.

9. Get moving.

Exercising with your kids makes the whole family healthier. Not only does exercise make bodies stronger, it also improves mood.

10. Teach life skills.

10. Teach life skills.

Aside from math and science, your child needs to learn how to pump gas, operate the washing machine, and cook basic foods. The more they learn now, the less they will have to learn on the spot as young adults.

11. Clean up your finances for your kids.

11. Clean up your finances for your kids.

Give yourself a financial check up in regards to your kids. Do you still have enough life insurance? Do you need to update a will or trust or set up a college fund? No one is ever sorry they planned financially for things down the road.

12. Volunteer as a family.

12. Volunteer as a family.

Find volunteer work that your family can do together. Serving meals or walking dogs at a shelter are good options. Your children will pick up on the value of service to others and may even be happier.

13. Teach children about their heritage.

13. Teach children about their heritage.

Knowing where they come from gives children a greater sense of who they are. Plus, some researchers think that kids with a knowledge of their ancestry have greater self-esteem and an increased interest in history.

14. Go over safety and emergency procedures.

14. Go over safety and emergency procedures.

If you haven't gone over the family emergency plans in awhile, it's time to review. Remember that kids may not react perfectly in an emergency. But if they’ve been taught what to do, they will have a greater chance of staying calm.

15. Teach good financial practices.

15. Teach good financial practices.

Teach your children how to handle money from a young age.  Each time a child receives money, they should divide it between four jars (spending money, short-term savings, long-term savings, and charitable giving). You’ll have money savvy adults in no time!