Posted on Jan 9th 2023
As the new year begins, it is time to start thinking about making the most out of 2023! Here are some ideas for getting your kids excited about the year ahead.
Get Them More Involved At Home
Getting your kids involved in household tasks, like cooking dinner or picking up the house, is a great way to teach them new skills, develop healthy lifestyle habits, and be more intentional with your time to better connect with them. They can feel a sense of accomplishment being a part of the entire process, increasing their confidence and excitement as they learn how to do new tasks. What’s more, this provides a regular activity you two can do together, strengthening your bond and providing a safe time for them to share what’s happening in their lives.
Expose Them to the Uniqueness of Their Community
What better way to start the year than to introduce your kids to the things that make your community unique and fun? A great place to start is getting involved in groups based on similar interests, checking out new cultural activities, hiking through the Wasatch, cooking or trying different cuisine than you’re used to, or any other activities that broaden your family’s understanding of the local community. This can help create a sense of belonging in your community, allowing for new opportunities to grow valuable connections and relationships.
Teach Them About Goal Setting
It’s never too early to learn how to set goals for yourself and brainstorm ways to achieve them. Oftentimes our kids can even teach us a thing or two when it comes to having a positive mindset with lofty goals. One exercise can be sitting down with your kids to make a list of 5-10 big goals that they have for the year, but put a creative visual twist on it. This can be done by simply adding in some arts and crafts to better visualize the progress being made, like creating a vision board or a goal achievement chart. Just like adults, when there is visual evidence of progress being made, the likelihood of them continuously working towards that goal is significantly higher. Create a small reward system around achieving their goals, but the focus should be around the satisfaction and accomplishment of their hard work paying off.
These are just a few ideas to help your kids get their year started off right, and can also be easily implemented and sprinkled in throughout the entire year! These small changes can make a huge difference in the lives of children over the course of the year. We hope you’ll give some a try!