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What's your family's New Year Resolutions?

So...about those new years resolutions...   

As we ring in the new year, many of us take this time to make resolutions for how we can improve something in our lives for the year to come. The trick is to make a resolution that is important to you and that you believe can be achieved if you really commit to it.  

For children, we can call these resolutions goals and at school we actually help them set goals for improvements in academic as well as learning and social skills throughout the year for each term. 

Alyson Schafer, a parenting expert suggests that a family should consider making new year resolutions as well.... "January, for many, feels like a time to sit back, rest and reflect on what changes they want to make in the coming year.  How do we know what changes need to happen in the new year if we don't spend some time doing a little analysis from the year we are leaving behind?  I like the idea of a family report card!"

According to Dolores Curran, Healthy Families have 15 similar attributes?  Here are just a few of them:
1. Communicates & Listens
2. Respects the Privacy of Others
3. Develops Trust
4. Shares Responsibilities
5. Has a Healthy Sense of Humour
6. Shares responsibility
7. Teaches a sense of right and wrong

If these traits were subjects on a family report card, how did you do for 2015?  Are there areas that need improvement and additional focus for 2016?  

Don't get me wrong, I don't want anyone to make themselves crazy trying to nail all 15 this year.  But wouldn't it be great to sit down as a family and pick 3 that you really want to focus on this year and see how you do.  Each month (at one of your family meetings), you can do a check-in to see how things are going and what tweaks can be made to keep the momentum going!"

Read the rest of this article  Report Cards over Resolutions and see the full list of 15 attributes! Report Cards over Resolutions


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