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New Year’s Resolutions for the Family

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on Monday, 04 January 2016 in School Nutrition Blog

FamilySo the New Year is here and for some it’s a new start, a new beginning or just a continuation of personal growth. So as you thought about creating your own personal resolutions list, why not create one for the whole family? Having your family get involved in the positive changes you are looking to make will also serve as an important lesson on how to achieve goals in life.

 

Here are a list of suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for your Family.

 

1) Healthy Eating/Creating a Positive Family Fooditude: When life gets busy, sometimes it’s hard to reach for healthy foods. Instead of eliminating unhealthy meals and snacks, try replacing them with healthier alternatives. For young children, this will help create a positive and healthy attitude towards eating healthy foods, thus creating a positive Fooditude! Make the experience fun by going shopping for healthy snacks and introduce your children to new vegetables and fruit they have not yet tried. Remember to always add more greens to your shopping cart! Cook recipes of their favorite foods with healthier replacements. For example, instead of plain bread why not make zucchini bread? Instead of making cookies, make a fruit salad or homemade applesauce. Remember, the more your children are introduced to healthier foods at a young age, the higher the chance of them having healthier eating habits as adults.

 

2) Unplug and Engage in Conversation: Do you remember life before WiFi? Well, your children might not. Why not give them a daily lesson by having family time? No cell phone, tablets, or computers, just pure conversation. You will be amazed by what you will learn and what they may ask. Family time is important, so it’s best to have daily communication without the technological interruptions. Again, the more your children are exposed to these habits the better more rounded adults they will become.

 

3) Expand your Minds: When was the last time you and your family went on an educational outing? Now is the best time to visit a museum. The trip will not only create family time, but it will be a great learning experience for your children as you expose them to the wonder that is the world around us. Whether it is a museum focused on Biology, Chemistry, Archaeology, Astronomy, or even Modern Art, the visit you take may serve as a great influence in your children’s lives that may even lead to a life-long career in the Sciences or Arts.

 

4) Take a Walk with the Family: It’s still a great time to enjoy the weather, why not go for a walk in the park after dinner? By increasing outdoor physical activity during the winter months, you create yet another healthy habit that will have life-long benefits for your children. After dinner, instead of hitting the couch and watching television, just put on the sneakers or boots and get moving.

 

5) Set Specific Goals: By setting mini-goals for your family to achieve, you will again create life-long lessons for your children, but make sure to do them the right way. Typically, the reasons a goal is not achieved is because it is either not achievable, or there is no timeline, or a way to measure its success.  To make sure the goals in your household are achieved, make sure they are all these things and also age appropriate. To get started, create a poster with every family members name along with a list of goals for each member. Set a timeframe for the goal to be achieved, either weekly, monthly, or yearly. Instead of creating a list of chores, try to create real goals for your children that will better serve them in life. For example, have them read a different book every month. Either a different genre or topic and have them verbally present to you what they learned in front of the family. The act of reciting their thoughts will help them have a better understanding of the topic. For older teenage children, you may want to challenge them a bit more. For example, a goal for a teen would be to help them get exposed to different career fields on an on-going basis.  This can help them make a decision earlier in life as to what type of career path they would like to be on. There are several programs available for teenagers that will help them get exposed to different fields, just do the research online together and get started.

 

6) A Year of Giving: When was the last time your family worked together to help someone in need? Volunteering for a non-profit is a great way to teach your children about the act of giving, being self-less, and having respect. In a world of so much materialism, sometimes these basic life lessons get lost.  Volunteering for a non-profit organization that helps those in need will offer a valuable lesson for any child to learn that may even evolve into a life-long career focused on the betterment of humanity.

 

 

Contributor: Jessica Z. Diaz

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Fooditude is a way of thinking…a way of acting. Fooditude emphasizes the importance of food, and your attitude about food, in achieving your goals. Healthy meal choices make a big impact on students’ ability to perform their best, both academically and physically. A positive and healthy fooditude helps students be the best they can be!

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