Families that set goals together, grow together. Setting goals as a family can be beneficial. These families have the unique opportunity of doing activities together and in the process, grow closer as a unit. Here are five ways your family can set goals together.
What better way to grow together than to give together? As a family, you can identify a charity or cause and together set goals to raise a certain amount of money. Great ideas can be having a central point in the house and have each family member commit to contributing to it every day. This bounty would then be contributed at the end of the year.
Physical health goal
One problem that many of us struggle with is maintaining good physical health. Whether weight or cholesterol management, increasing our water intake could be a great way to tackle this issue as family. Purchasing personalized water bottles for every family member, say 8 oz., and having every family member commit to drinking at least one full bottle every day.
Mental health goal
Mental health challenges are no longer taboo and is a growing problem that families are now grappling with. Helping to positively affirm each other daily can go a long way towards raising family members self- esteem, and proactively fight tendencies of depression. Placing a “You are Great” board in a central spot in the home where a message complimenting each family member can be placed daily is an awesome idea. Messages could include thank you’s, acknowledgement of a job well done, or just a reminder of someone’s awesomeness, and is a sure-fire way to lift a family member’s spirit.
Learn a new skill
How about swapping a skill? Each family member could commit to learning a skill from another family member. What is each family member good at? Does mom make a mean lasagna? Is dad a motorcycle rider? Is one of the teens a spreadsheet whiz? Everyone has a strength. A great idea could be for each family member setting a goal of learning a new skill from each other for the new year. Think about how much fun everyone will have while learning! Not to mention the additional boost in self -confidence the child will get teaching their parent something they don’t know.
Family time is often a major goal but isn’t well executed. The plan is thwarted most times because of coordination of schedules. Let’s be more innovative about it. Do you attend church every week? Plan to drive or travel together, so you have that together time. What about breakfast? We are usually all in the house in the morning. The effort can be made to have a short breakfast together. It doesn’t have to be a moment of soul searching, just a dedicated time of being together. When all else fails, you can fall back on the traditional movie or game night. A couple of pizzas coupled with a movie or board games will always hit the spot.
Whatever you choose to do as a family, having the intention or plan to get something done is the first and crucial step. You’ll get there, one day at a time!
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