This article is guest written by Nutritionist and Dietician, Rebecca Gawthorne
Someone once said ‘resolutions are like kids – fun to make but difficult to maintain’. And I think if I had a dollar for every time someone stuck to their New Year’s resolution, I’d not have as many as I’d like. While creating new resolutions seems like a fresh way to kick off the year, often goals can be too drastic, difficult to maintain, and something that is out of sight and out of mind before January is up.
This new year, we’re proposing a new idea: to set your resolutions and follow them together as a family. Not only will the group support make achieving your goals more attainable, but it’s a great way to teach your little ones about learning and positive-reinforcement to help each other self-improve and be the very best versions of themselves!
Think of this one as fun family experiment, and besides, any excuse for family time that brings everyone together is a good one.
Here are my three simple goal-setting ideas for your family in 2018.
1. Eat a rainbow every day!
Kids are cute and sweet but often, really damn fussy. Getting them to eat healthy can be difficult, particularly when the healthy stuff is often considered boring. Switch up the “do we have to?’ process and make food fun by getting them involved along the way.
Challenge them to prep and dice produce of as many colours as they can find in the fridge and then build a rainbow on their plate. Hate tomatoes but love raspberries? There’s your red. Broccoli is their enemy but cucumber is their favourite? There’s your green. We’re creatures of habit and pretty soon, that fun energy around food will be second nature (hopefully it will have them trying new things too!).
2. Get Out(doors) on the daily
#ThrowbackThursday! #FlashbackFriday! #Member’datMonday (okay maybe that last one isn’t a thing.) Take an ode from the hashtags and go old school. If I asked you to remember your fondest memories from your childhood, I can guarantee most would have been spent outside, right? If there’s one thing we know at The Grounds, it’s that experiences are memorable!
Try a hike somewhere new, a footy game, a walk in the local park or even a dance party. The good news is, as long as you’re raising your heart rate, you’re being physically active, and that’s a tick from me.
Tip: Make a family playlist to all move together to! It makes for a cheeky way to cultivate your little ones music appreciation for the golden days.
The Grounds have a pretty exciting year ahead of activities for the whole family at The Grounds The Easter Bunny already has his planning hat on for the big day so mark the diary for fun family outings together too.
3. Appreciate so you don’t depreciate
Your mental health is just as important as your physical and creating a vision board together makes for a great activity – think of it like real life Pinterest! Dig up old magazines and copies of photos for a crafting fiesta.
Work together as a family to fill a board with things that inspire you, make you happy, you’re grateful for and images that represent what you want to achieve this year. Hang it somewhere you all frequent, like the living room or kitchen, and add to it as the year progresses. Choose images that cultivate warm feelings and spark creativity and passion. This is just as much for the adults as the kids. A colourful, fun and bright outlook on life is compulsory!
Remember that kids lead from example. Encouraging them to feel their best through the food they eat, the values they practice and their outlook on life will have them in good stride for years to come! Get them involved and give them small responsibilities to help keep each other accountable throughout the year. A little treat yo’ self from time to time never hurt anyone either – sometimes cosying up for a movie and sharing an ice cream tub makes for a pretty good goal to achieve too.
Happy New Year and happy goal setting!