Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Setting Family Goals for the New Year

Time flies

As we begin to welcome in the new year, I can't help but reflect on the past. There's a mixture of emotions surrounding this passage of time, and there's a great deal of hope for the upcoming year. The above quote is powerful. It reminds me that even though I can't slow down the ticking of the clock (or pause it all together), that I can control how I spend my time. I can control where it goes.

A way that I'm focusing on making the most of this time (and really, this childhood that beckons me) is by setting goals. Goals for myself as a parent, and goals for my family as a whole. I want these goals to remain a focus throughout the year. My plan is to write out our goals and add them to a special keepsake box so we can review them periodically and reread them next New Year's Eve. 

I wanted this to be a family affair, and I found that asking family oriented questions was the best way to get them involved.

set goals for your family and make the most out of childhood

Questions to Ask Yourself and Partner:

1. What was your favorite memory of this past year?

2. What was your biggest regret?

3. What is your favorite family activity?

4. What makes you feel happy and loved?

5. What is one new thing you'd like to try as a family in the new year?

Questions to Ask Your Kids:

1. What was your favorite memory of this past year?

2. What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

3. What is your favorite thing to do with just dad? With just mom?

4. What does mom do to make you feel happy and loved? What does dad do?

5. What is one thing you'd like to try as a family in the new year?

By asking these questions, I was able to get a sense of what is most important to each one of us, and to us as a family. Not only did this help with goal setting, but this also made a great keepsake interview. It was especially nice to see what made the biggest impression on R. And I imagine it will be great to see his various answers from year to year. 

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  1. Hi, Joyce, I just found your blog tonight and am now following! :) I'm enjoying your posts and thought these questions were great. I shared a free printable on New Year's Eve along the same lines, but would like to add some of these questions next year. Thank you for taking the time to share your parenting fun!


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