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Ways Families Can Make a Change This YearIt’s a New Year, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to make some changes in our lives to better ourselves and our families. If you haven’t made your resolutions yet, don’t worry – there’s still time. Use some of these ideas a springboard to come up with resolutions of your own. Here’s how your family can make a change this year.

1. Learn to delegate

Often one family member handles most of the chores and errands that it takes to run a home. Usually this is mom. This year, mom should make a point to make other people a part of the process. Divide up your labors among the adults in your home. You could even give some responsibilities to the children.

2. Create a stronger bond with each child

If you have multiple children, it’s possible that you’re closer with some more than others. This is natural; it happens all the time. You should make a point, however, to build a relationship with each child and make them feel special. Spend some one-on-one time with all of the children and do something you both like.

3. Date your spouse

In the hustle and bustle of working and caring for kids, sometimes husbands and wives forget that they’re in a relationship with someone they love. Take some time with your spouse so you can remember why you started all this in the first place. Visit an old date location or do something you loved before you had kids.

4. Start having family meetings

A family meeting is a great time to talk about things that affect the family as a group. Sometimes it’s hard to get everyone in one place for very long, so you’ll have to schedule this in advance. Talk about anything going on next week (or month) and any changes that will be happening. Give everyone a moment to express their feelings in case there is something they want to talk about.

5. Take inventory of your schedule

If you’re like many people, you feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do. There’s soccer practice, exams coming up, the house is a mess, your in-laws are coming to visit and you haven’t started that book for your book club. Take stock of all the commitments you make and honestly ask yourself if they’re worth it. Extracurricular activities are important, but so is time spent goofing off on the living room floor.

6. Make healthy food available

You’ve been saying it for years, but now is the time to really do it. Get rid of most of the junk from your home (I say most because it’s important to have a treat now and again or you’ll cave and binge) and vow to serve healthy meals. Remember: just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they can’t be tasty. Get creative with your recipes!

7. Eat meals as a family

There’s something very basic to our biology about sharing meals together. When we have a party, notice how many people end up talking in the kitchen. For the same reason, sharing meals with your family can bring people closer together. Make a point to share at least three meals per week together.

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