For many people, the New Year brings a host of ideas for making resolutions. Research indicates that New Year resolutions date back to ancient Babylonians who thought to earn favor from the gods by making promises. Such promises might have been to pay off debts or return borrowed equipment.
Somehow, this tradition caught on in the Western world. Today it is estimated that 45% of Americans make at least one resolution. But, of those 45%, only 46% have maintained their goal by June! The reasons for this might be setting a goal that is an unattainable short term: such as ‘financial freedom.’
While many people fail to achieve their goals, research shows that by setting a goal you are ten times more likely to achieve it! In order to be better able to achieve your goals, keep them simple! Here are some ideas for resolutions that you are sure to be able to keep for your family:
- Eating healthier
- Spending more time with your family
- Start taking recycling serious
- Grow your own foods
- Reduce your household waste
- Spend more time out doors
- Don’t litter
- De-clutter your home
- Learn something new every day
- Start saving for that family vacation now
The above goals are easier than you might think to attain. Take ‘eating healthier’. You can incorporate more vegetables into your meals. You can substitute red meat for turkey, chicken and even pork. Buy buying fresh or steamable vegetables your ‘veggies’ can pack a better ‘punch.’ Canned vegetables only contain minute traces of vitamins and minerals!
Spend more time with your family. You can resolve to eat more meals together. With all the extra-curricular activities your children may have, it may not be possible to eat dinner together every day. You can designate ‘family night’ as a night that everyone must be present for dinner. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss things with your family. It’s a great opportunity to find out what is going on in your children’s lives. You can even discuss problems you may have as a family and give your children an opportunity to make suggestions to handle such problems.
If you live in Shreveport, recycling is easier than ever. Just put it in the blue can! If you live in Bossier City, you can put a couple of inexpensive containers (recycle those boxes) in your garage, or utility room and put your plastic and cans in them. Once or twice a month; load those up in your vehicle and drop them by the recycle collection center on Old Minden road, just north of the Highway 80 intersection.
So, you don’t have a big yard or time for a large garden. You can grow vegetables just about anywhere! You can use an inexpensive 5-gallon bucket filled with potting soil to grow everything from potatoes to carrots to tomatoes on your porch, balcony, steps or anywhere there is ample sunshine. You can even add a windowsill herb garden to your kitchen. Designate one vegetable to a child. Have that child water his or her ‘bucket.’ They will delight in watching it grow and be more willing to eat it when it has matured!
Reducing household waste goes hand in hand with recycling. Also look for recycled packaging. Reuse items when possible. Purchase enviornmentally friendly laundry products!
If you grow some vegetables, spending more time outdoors is easier! You might also designate a couple hours during the week as ‘no electronic’ time. Send the kids outside to play!!! Better yet, grab a mitt and bat and throw them some balls! Walk the dog every evening after dinner. Ride those bikes that are gathering dust in the garage!
Don’t litter! Think twice before tossing out that Starbucks coffee cup out the window on your way to work! Don’t clutter! Take one room a month, rid it of any unnecessary items! Purchase inexpensive bins to store small toys in. Use a rack in the family room to store games and toys on!
Learn something new everyday and encourage your children to do the same. This is easier than ever with the Internet!
Start using coupons at the grocery store! Calculate your savings by using coupons. Put that savings into a jar labeled ‘vacation fund.’
By getting your children involved in your resolutions they can learn how to set goals and steps to take to achieve them! Here’s to a great New Year!