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Setting smart goals together as a family

By Yetty Williams
21 January 2023   |   3:25 am
Welcome to the new year! May it be a happy one for you and yours! It is another year, and we will be talking about the family goals we can set for the new year.

Welcome to the new year! May it be a happy one for you and yours! It is another year, and we will be talking about the family goals we can set for the new year.

The previous year was filled with so many unforeseen events that might have derailed us from previous goals; both as individuals and as families. But we can kick off this year by being intentional and specific about the things we want in the year and sticking with them. Setting goals as a family is important, as the family is a unit that functions best together. It can be tremendously effective to set goals as a family.

We will be looking at five goals we can set as a family for the new year to make 2022 a year of bonding, fun, innovation, and so much more.

More Communication Time
Another goal for the year is setting the time to communicate with each other as a family. Talking and listening to your partner and children is an important goal to set for the new year. This will benefit the family by creating a bonding experience. It will encourage you to focus on long term goals you want to achieve together.
As parents, setting the time to communicate should be an intentional thing in this new year. After dinner, set out time to talk with the children before bedtime. And with your spouse make time to talk and really listen to build understanding.

Create a Family Budget
Going into the new year, financial wellness is essential in our goals for the year, and for that to be possible we need to make budgeting a family thing. This can be a difficult goal to set, especially as a family, but being intentional and sticking with it will make it work. Eliminating or trimming unnecessary expenses can be discussed in the family and every input from all members of the family will be accounted for.

Eating Meals Together
Family mealtime is an important goal to set for the new year. This can be challenging for most families as external factors such as work come into play and affect mealtime. It seems like a simple goal to set for the year, but being intentional about it will make this goal come to fruition.

Set a goal to have dinner two to three times in week through the year; this will be of benefit to parents and children to talk about how the week was, the challenges, and offer solutions for each member of the family.

Have a Family Hobby
This is important for family togetherness in the new year. Having a set of activities that every member of the family can participate in is a great goal to have through the course of the year. It can be innovative as families can learn something new and have new communication skills and equally fun to improve the family mentally and physically.

Some examples of these hobbies can be indoor or outdoor games, exercising, decluttering the home etc. Over time, spending time on this goal will encourage bonding as a family.

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