By Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays. I feel like I have eaten enough food last month to have fed a small village. So, of course, one of my goals is to get back into my regular fitness routine and healthier eating habits.
Don’t despair if you’ve already broken the resolution you made on Jan. 1. Everyone knows resolutions don’t technically begin until you have some time to get back to reality.
Here are a few suggestions of resolutions you can make as a family. As a group, you’ll be able to hold one another accountable, and your successes may bring you closer together.
- Eat dinner together at least three times a week. Study after study shows that children who are raised in homes in which families eat dinner together have better outcomes in life. Add family dinner nights to the packed activities schedule. Make it as much of a priority as after-school practices and lessons.
- Set an hour a night to “unplug.” Turn off all screens and devices and spent time reading, talking, playing or working on homework.
- Start a gratitude journal. My children and I are making a daily record of the things for which we are grateful. Everyone has their own journal and an entry can be a sentence, a word or a picture. It’s a tangible reminder to appreciate our blessings.