New year, new Chicago mom: Setting goals for 2014


By Beth Gorden

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

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 pallet)?


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 belt.


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

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 spouse

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 2014.


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 them.

Merry Christmas everyone and here's to hoping that 2014 will be a wonderful year for you and your family!

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