Pediatrics | Published December 30, 2019

New Year’s resolutions the whole family can enjoy

It’s that time of year when we start to reflect on the previous year and think about how we can make the upcoming New Year even better. If you’re like most adults I know, your resolutions include health-related goals such as losing weight, exercising more or quitting smoking, which are all great goals.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults and can help children form healthy habits at a young age. Check out the ideas below or see if your kids can come up with a goal on their own.

Resolutions for toddlers:

  • Put away toys when he or she is done playing with them
  • Wash hands after going to bathroom and before each meal or snack
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit once a month
  • Brush teeth twice a day

Resolutions for kids ages five to 12:

  • Learn a new sport or activity, such as soccer or riding a bike
  • Make a new friend
  • Learn a new, or improve on a current, skill such as reading or playing an instrument
  • Help take care of the family pet

Resolutions for teens:

  • Follow household rules for TV and internet use
  • Wear a seat belt and not use a cellphone when driving
  • Resist peer pressure to participate in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or vaping, trying drugs or drinking alcohol
  • Talk to a trusted adult if he or she is struggling with stress, anxiety or depression

Resolutions for the family:

  • Eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Ditch soda and other sugary beverages and drink more water
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Unplug from your devices by adding family activities such as evening walks, bike rides or game nights into your weekly routine
  • Create a family emergency plan