A New Year

Many of us start each new year with resolutions. Sometimes they are resolutions to do international-day-familiessomething like eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking, or lose those last few pounds. This year how about considering what your goals are for your family? After all, isn’t creating the healthiest family possible the most important task we have as parents? What would your healthiest family look like? Sit down tonight at dinner with your household and ask them, “If we could create the family of your dreams what would it look like? How would this family interact with one another and with the outside world? What would they do together? How would they treat each other? What fun would they have? What routines would they put into place? Be as specific as possible and write them down. From that list create your family goals for 2014. Be realistic. For example, if your family never eats meals together now, then setting a goal of dinner together every night may be unrealistic and set you up for failure. You want to be able to reach these goals successfully and build on them. So perhaps a goal of dinner together twice a week would be a more realistic place to start! Include everyone in the goal setting, even the youngest family members. You may be surprised at what they come up with. Happy New Year!

About Gretchen Derda (Woosley), MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a private psychotherapy practice where I specialize in work with families and children. My focus is to help families improve their functioning so that each member of the family can reach their full potential, becoming the persons they were meant to be.
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