Family New Year's Resolutions

cone-family-new-yearDoes your family set New Year’s Resolutions?

I realize the New Year is typically a time for people to reflect and re-evaluate, but how often do you include your kids when you set such goals? After all, aren’t we supposed to model God’s standard of behavior when it comes to health, wealth and happiness?

I think one of the fatal mistakes we make when it comes to setting goals and changing behavior is that we try to go it alone. Whether it’s an accountability partner to help protect your relationships or a running buddy to help you lose weight, teaming up has proven to increase your chances of actually sticking to your goals.

Even scripture tells us that, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

The bottom line is this: Never under-estimate your kids.

2011 was a very refining year for the Cone family, so we have quite a few areas we’ll be working on improving in 2012, but I wanted to share just a few, practical ways that we’ll be specifically taking steps forward in our spiritual, relational, and physical health:
3. Clean Eating
4. Weekly Family Fun Nights

So chances are if something is good for you, it’s going to be good for your kids too. Now I’m not talking about a radical diet or unrealistic idea of memorizing the Bible in a year, but when it comes to eating better, praying more or getting organized, your kids will benefit from the early life lessons and you’ll benefit from having those eyes keeping a close watch on you to hold you to your word!

What goals have you set as a family for 2012?


With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.