5 New Years Resolutions To Make With Your Family

The other day, my best friend sent me a video of her 8-year-old son talking about the resolutions he had made for himself this year. It got me thinking a lot about our own resolutions, ones that my kids can make for themselves, and then some that we can make as a family.

Here is what we came up with.

  1. Create a Gratitude Jar or Board – (I’ve seen some ideas on Pinterest) Because I’d love for my kids to learn to show more gratitude at home, with family members and in school.
  2. Get Healthier – This is with our overall health in mind, everything from eating cleaner to taking better care of ourselves, all the way to our teeth! We started using Crest Gum Detoxify which has the technology to neutralize harmful bacteria, even below the gum line. Keep reading below to learn more about the Activated Foam and how it works to neutralize bacteria.
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  3. Have more family movie nights and/or game nights – Because we love them but don’t do these often enough. You can read my post on – “5 Ways To Make Your Family Movie Nights more Fun” for some creative ideas for your family.
  4. Take a family trip – Our resolution is to take a trip this year and every year! I think family vacations are great for family bonding and we are going to try to visit somewhere NEW each year. I think it’s also great to get kids out and to explore new places they have never been before. I recently read an article that talked about the cognitive and psychological benefits that kids experience when they take trips as a family. “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction,” says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. “Think:  family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes. Research, of course, repeatedly indicates that, despite the fact that we go on buying more stuff, adults really regard experiences like travel as far more fulfilling. Children, says James, are no different. It’s just that they value different aspects of that travel.” – telegraph.co.uk
  5. Document Life More – This one is big for me. Being that I am a photographer and videographer, I love being able to look back at old photos and videos of when my kids were smaller. I know that this is not just for me and my husband, but also for my kids. I want to be able to pass down old photos and videos of when they were small to them when they are grown. I have so many old photo albums that my parents passed down to me of when I was a baby and I cherish them. They’re so important to me, I love them so much. I am so grateful for these memories that I have been able to preserve in time thus far, but, I want to do even more of it. Sometimes I find myself going months without picking up my camera because life just gets so busy, but I do regret not doing it more last year. So this year I told myself that this was the year of video for me, so I hope to be able to capture a lot more of our family on video this year.

So that’s it, our top 5 resolutions. I hope this inspired you in some way and helped you come up with some resolutions for you and your family. Thank you to Crest for sponsoring this post! You can read more about the new Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste on crest.com. #ForGumsSake The Activated Foam in Crest Gum Detoxify can do amazing things, including:
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  1. Going around, and even below the gum line for lasting gum protection
  2. Seeking out bacteria by penetrating hard to reach places
  3. Gently cooling gums during and after brushing

And is available in Deep Clean, Extra Fresh, Gentle Whitening and Two-Step varieties

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