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The new year inspires the opportunity to start fresh in all aspects of life. While you may be considering a new diet or plan to start saving money this year, your relationship with your kids is another area that will benefit from a few resolutions.

Like any resolution, you should focus on setting attainable yet measurable goals. While pledging to spend more time with the kids isn’t a bad promise to make, it’s better to set goals that are more specific and involve your whole family.

If you are interested in starting off your 2018 family life with a clean slate, check out these resolutions that will help you and your family turn over a new leaf in the new year.

1. Reduce screen time.


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If your family is full of tech savvy kids and parents, then there’s plenty of time spent in front of screens. While that can be helpful when it comes to work and school, there should be a limit to the amount of screen time spent on leisure.

Instead, provide time for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors, explore hobbies and reading, or work on family projects. Limiting screen time can also mean promising not to text while driving. Not only will this resolution set a good example for your children, it could save your family’s lives and the lives of others.

2. Set boundaries.

As parents, we are often 100% dedicated to our children. That dedication is commendable, but it’s also draining. It’s important to remember that in order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself— and that often means setting boundaries.

Whether you’re pledging to not bring work home with you or are setting expectations of privacy with your kids, it’s important to focus on your needs as much as you focus on the needs of your family. It may take some time, but your kids are sure to appreciate the happier version of you that respectful boundaries will help to create.

3. Start living the healthy life.


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Health is always a popular resolution, but incorporating healthy living for your entire family puts a fresh take on the old favorite. Start by including more greens and less processed foods into your diets. Trying vegan or vegetarian cuisine, even if it's only once a week, will also open your family up to a world of healthy eating that could become a habit.

Getting active is both easy and fun to do with the whole family, and will give you a great boost of energy. Plan afternoon walks, bike rides, backyard soccer, or even trips to the local pool. Don’t forget, exercising is just like playing... but with the extra benefit of increasing your family’s health!

4. Learn (and relearn) about each other.

Just as you have changed as a parent, your children have also grown. They may have taken up new hobbies over the last year. Or perhaps they are starting to take an interest in the outside world; forming their own opinions and perspectives on life. Now’s the time to learn and relearn about your children.

Make time to have meaningful conversations with members of your family to reconnect and explore the people they are becoming. You can also provide an inside look at yourself by telling your kids stories about when you were their age. Not only will you learn more about each other, you may realize you’re more alike than you thought.

5. Give back.

The holidays are a good time to reflect on how fortunate you are. That reminder can serve as motivation to help others by making their lives a little more fulfilling as well. Volunteering as a family offers you the opportunity to give back to others while teaching your children the value of philanthropy.

Organizing clothing drives, volunteering at shelters, or starting non-profits to benefit your community are all great ways to help others. No matter what you and your family choose to dedicate your giving to, the experience will be made all the more satisfying since you will be doing it as a family.

Parents, just like kids, have room to grow. So focus your New Year’s resolutions on creating a happier, healthier, and more involved family in 2018.