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Family Resolution Recipe: Cook Up Something Beautiful in 2019

By Janet Lund

At the beginning of each new year, resolutions are a popular topic of conversation. It’s exciting and empowering to “turn over a new leaf” and start chasing down a goal. But as the weeks go by, enthusiasm can fade. The daunting reality of achieving that goal can set in and make you feel overwhelmed. Especially when you are doing it alone.

So, don’t do it alone! Make goal-chasing a family affair. A great way for both you and your kids to grow as individuals is to do it together. Here is a goal-chasing recipe that will help you get focused, explore new things, and cheer each other on.

Main Dish: Family ala Board

Ingredients:

  1. Schedule a day during the weekend for this family project.
  2. Gather up items needed: scratch paper and poster board for each family member, pens, scissors, old magazines, glue, three-ring binder, and copies of Our Family Victories pages (see step 11 for details).
  3. Prepare tasty snacks.
  4. Pick out fun music to play in the background for ambiance.

Recipe:

  1. Turn on the tunes, pull out the snacks, and talk about your family project.
  2. Give everyone a scratch piece of paper to write a list of things you want to achieve.
  3. Choose the number one goal you want to accomplish.
  4. Hand out a poster board to everyone, pull out the pens, scissors, glue, and old magazines.
  5. Have each member put a picture of their goal in the center of their poster board. Do this by cutting out a picture from a magazine or drawing it with pens.
  6. Draw emoji faces around the picture to show how you will feel when you reach your goal.
  7. Write words of exclamation throughout the poster board. (“Hooray!” “I’m King of the World!”)
  8. On the back of your scratch paper, have each member break down their big goal into smaller bites = mini-goals. (Your kids may need some help with this.) Breaking it down makes it more manageable.
  9. Put these mini-goals on a family calendar to help you all to stay on track.
  10. Put up the poster boards and calendar in a location where everyone can see them daily.
  11. Next, create a family victories page that you can replicate. Title the page Family Victories. Underneath the main title, label 3 columns: date, name, and accomplishments. Print out several sheets and put them into a 3-ring binder to create your Family Victories Journal.
  12. Schedule a weekly family huddle.
  13. Each week pull out the Family Victories Journal. Write down the accomplishments each person has made toward their big goal. Share how you are each feeling about your journey so far. Keeping track of what you’ve accomplished each week helps you stay energized and focused. It is also a great opportunity to cheer each other on.
  14. Take advantage of this weekly time together. Talk about highs and lows of the past week. Add your highs of the week to your Family Victory Journal. Celebrating all accomplishments is important and keeps you energized.
  15. Take time to pray together about the lows and any stresses you anticipate in the upcoming week. That way you can stay informed and support each other with affirming words and prayer.

Families that listen and share together love and care together. Now that’s a recipe for something beautiful!

Listen. Love. Share. Care.

Janet Lund is a relationship coach who specializes in nurturing the bond between moms and their teen/pre-teen daughters. She leads moms through coaching, speaking, and songwriting. Janet has spoken and performed in Canada, the United States, and Norway. Follow her on facebook.com/momkeepcalm and visit her website momkeepcalm.com for parenting tools and words of support to be a calm mom.

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