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Everyone knows resolutions can help you grow as a person. But resolutions aren’t just for individuals. Family resolutions can help adults and children better themselves together, strengthen their relationships and improve the way they tackle day-to-day activities. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you and your family can make together this year to ensure a better and more fulfilling 2023.

Get up early

There’s something magical about starting the day early. The world is yours for a few hours, and you can accomplish a lot. If you’re not all morning people, start small by setting your alarm clock just 15 minutes earlier each day. Soon, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day together.

Learn something new

Resolve to learn new words together or to research topics that interest everyone. This can help improve communication within the family unit while ensuring that everyone is constantly growing and expanding their horizons.

Read each day

Reading together as a family can improve communication and build bonds between parents and children. Reading also helps expand vocabulary and improve literacy skills and can be a fun and relaxing activity to do together. Set aside time each day to read together — maybe bedtime or after dinner. And don’t forget to choose books that everyone will enjoy!

Exercise together

Make exercising together a priority. This can be as simple as walking around the block or signing up for a family fitness class. You’ll all enjoy the health benefits as you help kids develop good habits that will last a lifetime.

Eat dinner together

Sitting down to a meal together is a chance to reconnect with your kids and partner, and it can be a fun and relaxed way to catch up on everyone’s day.

Keep cell phones off at dinner time

Turning your cell phones off at dinner time helps everyone focus on each other and the conversation.

Do one kind act for someone else every day

Whether it’s holding the door open for a stranger, letting someone go ahead of you in line, or simply giving a compliment, small acts can make a big difference. By resolving as a family to do kind acts, you’ll set kids on a path to becoming community minded and unselfish adults.

Go outside every day

Spending time outdoors as a family isn’t just a great way to get some exercise. Being in nature can also boost your mood and help reduce stress. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids and teach them about the world.

Take care of pets

Taking care of pets is a big job and a bigger responsibility. Keeping furry family members up to date on their vaccinations, taking them for regular check-ups, and providing them with proper nutrition and exercise helps them stay healthy while teaching kids responsibility and compassion.

Have fun and enjoy being with your family!

Making time for fun should be a priority for every family. Find activities that everyone enjoys and make time for them regularly. This will strengthen bonds, improve communication and increase overall happiness. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

Looking for more ways to keep your family happy and healthy in the new year? At Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics, we provide quality medical care for newborns through adolescents with an emphasis on preventive medicine so that children grow up healthy and strong. Check out our website or contact us today to learn more about our services.

Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!