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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Family

Right about this time last year, I shared 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Moms. If you missed it, go ahead and check it out. They are still great resolutions for you to make. I’ll wait here for you. 🙂

I’m still not a big fan of the “lose weight, exercise more, read my Bible every day” kinds of resolutions, but once again, this year, I find myself pondering the idea that there are just some resolutions that are worth making.

One thing that has been on my heart is the lack of time families are spending together — even homeschool families. I mean the entire family — dad included.

So, today, I want to share some ideas for New Year’s resolutions you can make that will hopefully both increase your time and strengthen your family bonds.

HHM 5 New Years Resolutions to Strengthen Your Family

Family Game Night

Playing games together as a family serves many purposes. First of all — it’s just plain fun! But more than that, some great things happen when families play games together. Communication, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills all improve. Your children will also love that you have chosen to participate in something that they enjoy doing — something that many of us struggle with as parents. Need some game ideas? Here are 10 Great Educational Games.

Family Field Trips

Most homeschool moms are accustomed to taking their kids on field trips, but how often do we make a point to add Dad to the mix? I can tell you from experience that the dynamic is completely different. My husband loves going on field trips with us, and I find that these opportunities are the perfect (and sometimes only) time that he gets to be the homeschool teacher. Create a bucket list and start marking things off. If you need some inspiration, here are 18 Fun Field Trip Ideas.

Family Read Aloud Time

Again, most homeschool moms read aloud to their kids, but adding Dad to the mix accomplishes a couple of things. First of all, it often means that the TV and computer get turned off as everyone tunes in to the excitement of reading together. Also, the opportunity to discuss the plot with Dad’s input adds tremendous value to read aloud time. More than anything, it’s one more activity you can do together that is easy to implement, fun, and sets a great example for your kids (especially your teens), who may or may not enjoy reading. Need some convincing of how important this is? Read these 5 Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Children.

Family Dinners

Life is busy for many (most!) of us. Homeschool moms have a lot on their plates, and so do homeschool dads, who are often the only breadwinner in the family. I know of many families where Dad works more than one job so that Mom can be home full-time. Eating dinner together as a family may be the best (and sometimes only) time a family can truly connect with each other. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share great conversation about your day with each other. For even more fun, add a Table Topics Dinner Conversations Starters Jar to the table!

Family Play Time

Get outside more. Go to the park or the pool. Shoot some hoops with the kids. Toss a baseball or kick around a soccer ball. Bring out the Lego sets, Playdoh, or craft supplies. Play with your kids more. Even Dad. These are some of the best memories you can create with your kids. Don’t miss out! Check out these Fun, Free, Family Activities for Summer and 10 Frugal Ideas for Family Time.

 

Happy New Year, Friends! I pray you are richly blessed in the new year!  I would love to hear what you hope to accomplish as a family in the new year. What would you add to this list?

About the author

Marcy

Marcy spent nearly 15 years as an Ob nurse, sometimes juggling homeschooling with the job she calls her first ministry. Grateful that her main ministry today is at home, she has been married to Tom for 16 years, and is 12-year-old Ben's proud momma. Her homeschool style is delight-directed with lots of unit studies, lapbooks and notebooks. She is greatly influenced by Charlotte Mason’s love of living books and the Principle Approach method of homeschooling. If she ever writes a book herself, it’s likely to be titled "Homeschooling by the Field Trip Method,” though homeschooling by the “rabbit trail” method might be more befitting.

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