Family time is such an important part of many of our lives.  But when it comes to spending quality time with the ones we love, how much do we actually get to enjoy it and make it meaningful?  Making family time goals for the new year can help us determine what kind of experiences we want to have and what kind of memories we want to make.

Family time goals for the New Year.
Family time is at the core of many of our lives. Having goals for our family time is important to create meaningful experiences and memories.

While many parents out there get to spend a lot of time with their kids most of it ends up going into the day to tasks of living.  However, those parents that don’t get much time envy others that do.

I can empathize with both, as I’ve been there.  I’ve been a stay at home mom where you spend basically every minute of the day with your kids.  And I’ve worked while going to school and had homework to get done when I was actually home.

Without intention nothing ends up getting done.

I can tell tell you that I’ve spent much of my time playing referee.  I’ve had a ton of mommy guilt over the fact that I had absolutely no time, and when I did I just wanted to shut my brain off for a little while.

So, now that I’m out of school I want to be able to do more with my kids.  I want to be able to connect and make memories, instead of just being there.  I want to be more active with my kids.  So I have the intention, now I need the goals so that I actually plan to make it happen.

Kids learn by example.
Give your kids the greatest gift. Give them great experiences being active and spending quality time together.

Kids learn by example, so I intend to be more present.  I intend to be more active with them.  I also intend to volunteer more with them.  We have been limited on volunteer activities since Kitty was too young for many, but she’s 8 now and we can participate as a family more often.

Example goals for being more involved, active, and volunteering:

  • Being more involved.  Start disconnecting, that means all the electronics, theirs and yours.  Actually eating dinner with them instead of multitasking to get things done.
  • Being more active with them.  I’m lucky enough that my kids understand what I do and want to start learning.  While the younger two are still too young for the gym, they have gotten dowels to start learning the lifting movements.  (I literally have those little pink and purple dumbbells just for them.)  My oldest can actually go to the gym with me.  But this also means taking a walk in the evening with the dogs, when the weather cooperates.  And many more outdoor activities.  Or just playing together.
  • I’d like to start being able to volunteer as a family at least once a month.  The local food bank allows kids as young as 8 years old and we have been there, but I also need to look for some other opportunities.
Find new adventures off the beaten path.
Get creative and find new adventures off the beaten path.
  • I want my children to appreciate the world around them.  So more outdoor exploring is a goal.  Whether that be in a local park or finding hiking trails in the area.  Being outside and seeing what there is to see is the objective.

So there are a few examples of family time goals to be more engaged and active as a family.  Hopefully with less referee mom and more with relaxed and happy mom.

What kind of family time goals do you have this year?  I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with in the comments below.

To read other posts from the New Year’s Resolution series choose a link below:

  • Resolutions that actually work.
    • A new year offers time for reflection and resolutions. Most will fail, but this is a super simple way to increase your chances of success.
  • New Year’s Resolutions- Creating Fitness Goals.
    • Creating fitness goals for New Year’s resolutions with a simple plan and specific examples. Overcome obstacles to achieve fitness success.
  • Assessing Your New Year’s Resolution
    • “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” But no one system is perfect and it’s all about finding what works for you and being consistent.
  • Nutrition Goals for the New Year
    • Nutrition goals don’t have to be hard and intimidating. In fact they really shouldn’t be. This is about creating long term change, not a diet that you’ll quit in a week.
  • Health and Wellness Goals for the New Year
    • Health & wellness is about more than just fitness & nutrition. Your mental & emotional health makes an impact on your overall physical well-being as well.
  • Work-Life Goals for the New Year
    • Work-life balance is important for mental, emotional, & physical health. Not just for mom’s that work outside of the home. Find balance by creating goals.

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