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Making individual resolutions for the New Year can be very difficult to keep but by doing them as a family, you can support each other to ensure that you keep them. Here are some ideas of New Year's resolutions that the whole family can do together:
  • Family time: Arrange an activity that the whole family must do together once a week. Whether it’s a trip to the cinema or swimming pool, or an evening of playing scrabble, make sure all the family are there to participate.
  • Eat dinner together: With so many things to do and different schedules, children and parents often eat at different times. Why not try and arrange so that a few times a week (or even every night if possible) the family sit at the dinner table together to eat dinner.
  • Healthy eating: Why not substitute snacks such as chocolate and crisps with healthier options such as carrots and hummus, yogurts or fruit. Save chocolate and other goodies for a special treat.
  • Less TV and computer games: Limit TV and computer games to one hour every evening (for mummy and daddy too!) and instead read a book. Don’t let your child bring the DS to bed, but instead have story time and read them a story before they go to sleep.
  • Housework: If there are jobs around the house that you feel you never get done, such as cleaning the windows or dusting the skirting boards, why not assign one of these jobs to another member of the family. You can reward your children for doing such jobs with a treat afterwards.
  • Green living: Try introducing a more environmentally-friendly way of living in your home. If you don't recycle, start by simply bringing bottles to the bottle bank. Switch the lights off if you're not in the room. Don't leave chargers plugged in if you are not using them. These are simple little acts that the whole family can do.
Don’t take on too many resolutions as you will never keep them up. Pick one thing, even something very simple, and stick to it. If you break your resolution, simply start again. 

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