Even though the kids may not have stayed up until midnight to ring in 2016 (Did you check out the fake countdowns on Netflix?), they can still get in on another new year tradition – the resolutions. Setting New Year Resolutions can be a fun activity that brings the whole family together.
Since toddlers and preschoolers don’t need to worry about their wallets or their waistlines, here are a few ideas for 2016:
- Try Healthy Foods
There’s no doubt kids can be picky eaters, so why not make a resolution to try new, healthy foods? You can expose the kids to 50 or more new foods this year by setting a day of the week to try them. For example, every Sunday night, put something new on the table for the family to try together. The kids may enjoy keeping a log of the new foods they try – they can draw a picture of it and write down which family members liked it and which didn’t.
- Try a New Activity
You can try something formal, like enrolling a child in dance or swimming lessons, or just a fun activity, like a new art project or going to a new park or museum. They key here is to do it as a family. The kids will be much more excited about trying something new if they know their parents are doing it too!
- Give Instead of Receive
After your children have gotten new toys over the holidays, ask them to pick out three old toys to give to charity. You can explain to them that the toys will be going to kids who may not have gotten any gifts. They can even go with you to drop them off. (This will also help parents if their resolution is to declutter!)
- Read, Read, Read
There is no substitute for reading when it comes to a child’s brain development. Whether the kids are little and parents are reading to them, or if they can read on their own, make it your mission to crack open more books in 2016. If reading books isn’t in your bedtime routine, this is a great place to start!
Remember, the key is to have fun with your family resolutions! Don’t put too much pressure on the kids (or yourself). If you miss a week with your healthy foods, or you realize dance is not right for your child, that’s okay. Just giving it a shot is an important lesson to teach the kids.
Happy New Year!