New Year Resolutions for the Family

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Pslam 51:10

The New Year is a time of renewing, renewing your goals, your family, and your heart. We often spend the first few days of the new year creating a list of resolutions, goals we hope to accomplish during the year, things we want to change or improve, and possibly trips we want to take or new hobbies we want to start.

Our family normally sits down together at the beginning of each year and writes our New Year’s resolutions together. We have individual goals like my yearly goal to lose weight and exercise more (which I have miraculously kept this past year for the most part), and we also family resolutions like renewing our commitment to read the Bible together daily or having a weekly family date night so we can spend more quality time with each other.

Whatever your goals or resolutions may be for 2013, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one. Some resolutions are the same every year, but it’s just a way to renew the commitment we have to ourselves and our family to strive to be better and grow closer. Here are a few of the resolutions we make almost every year, a few simple ways to help us bond together throughout the year.

Have a daily family devotion time. This is the perfect way to start the day with your children, and something we do every day before we start our school lessons. This past year we’ve been using the Grace for the Moment for Kids devotional, but once the new year starts, we’ll be switching to the Jesus Calling for Kids book. These types of devotionals are perfect for use with kids because each day of the year has it’s own age-appropriate devotion and scripture.

Take a family vacation. At least once a year, we resolve to take a family vacation. Visiting out-of-state family doesn’t count. This trip has to be a fun-filled trip of quality time together as a family unit. Living on a budget is essential, so ours are not usually extravagant, but they’re always outdoorsy (because we like that), and relaxing.

Better ourselves. Whether it involves my annual resolution to be a better prayer warrior for my family and friends, or my daughter’s goal from last year to earn her black belt in TaeKwonDo (which she did), it’s important for us to always encourage our children to better themselves in some way each year, and ourselves too. It can be something small or something large, but whatever it may be, we try to continue to improve our family and our marriage.

Do you and your family set separate resolutions or make them together as a family? What are some of the goals that will make your New Year’s resolutions list for 2013?

Angie is a Christian homeschooling mom of four active children ranging in age from 4 to 11. She’s been married to her husband, Jeremy, for fourteen years as they’ve learned to live God’s way, and grown together in His love. Her family is very active in their church, where they’ve attend for the past fourteen years. Angie has recently left the world of diaper bags and babies, and is cautiously approaching life with tweens. She is the creator of My Four Monkeys and you can find her on Twitter at @MyFourMonkeys.