Where did 2013 go? I think the older I get, the
faster the years go by.
I know setting goals is very cliche but I still
think it is good for families to slow down and reflect. What did
you do well that you want to repeat in 2014? What would you like to
do better in the upcoming year?
Here are some areas to think about and set goals in
for the upcoming year:
Are you eating as a family and taking the time to
talk about your days? Are you serving nutritious, well-balanced
meals? How about adding some variety (read: expand your children's
A sticky one, I know. Are you spending wisely or
over indulging. Do you set aside money in your savings for short
term goals (vacation, furnace going out, etc.) and long term goals
(retirement)? It may be time to re-prioritize and tighten the
Building memories that will last a life time and
actually enjoying your kids doesn't have to cost a fortune. But you
must be intentional about prioritizing family fun or it won't
happen. Set time aside - at least monthly - for a family evening.
Try a game night, movie night (at home or at the theater), a walk
in the park or bowling. Make sure you are present, in the moment
and building those precious relationships. I highly recommend once
a year taking a family vacation. It can be camping in a national
park, overnight at a water park, a magical trip to Disney World or
whatever interests your family. Just make it happen! My
sweetest memories from growing up were our family vacations - when
my parents were fully focused on us.
Each child is unique. They have unique needs, ways
they like to bond and activities they enjoy. Reflect on each child
and make sure they are thriving. Are they healthy (physically,
relationally)? Are you connecting with them well? Are your
educational and extracurricular choices working for them and your
family? Make sure they aren't over scheduled which is the alarming
trend for kids today.
Your relationship with your spouse is the
cornerstone of your family. Are you giving your family a solid
foundation? Are you showing love in action? You can't change your
spouse, but think of some ways you can be a better spouse in
How are you doing? Are you staying healthy? What
exciting challenge would you like to strive towards in 2014. What
things aren't working? Is there any commitment you need to give up
in order to avoid over scheduling yourself?
Now that you've had some time to reflect, write
down your goals. Put them somewhere you will look (like your mirror
or nightstand) and keep checking in to see if you are meeting
Merry Christmas everyone and here's to hoping that
2014 will be a wonderful year for you and your family!
Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of play time together. Beth is also the creator and author www.123homeschool4me.com.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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