A New Year ushers in hope for a new beginning and a fresh start. Most people make New Year resolutions to mend their ways, learn new things and improve themselves.
Both parents and children need to look back at the past year’s experiences and decide what changes have to be made to work towards a better future. This involves cooperation and participation from both parents and children to transform the resolutions to reality.
Top 10 Resolutions for 2019
Here are a total of 10 resolutions for both parents and children to accomplish in 2019.
Top Five 2019 Resolutions for Parents
The adults are up first. Here are 5 goals for parents to strive for this New Year.
1. Eating Together
This is a big one. Nowadays, the dining table is just an idle piece of furniture. Parents must make it the family hangout spot by eating together with their children at least once a day. Both parents and children must have at least breakfast or dinner together in order to bond within the family. Mobiles, laptops, TV, and other electronics should be avoided.
These family moments must be spent in happiness with healthy conversation and food as supplements. Don’t start any arguments, quarrels and controversies, so avoid talking about religion or politics. Even busy working parents or top executives must realize the importance of the saying “a family which eats together, stays together”. Put eating together on top of the agenda for 2019.
2. Reduce Gadget Time
Parents often chide their children for always using their mobiles or playing online games, but they themselves keep chatting on Whatsapp or Facebook! This is rather ironic and hypocritical. Using electronics gadgets non-stop is a bad example for your children.
Parents must lead by example and spend time at home doing quality work without electronics, like reading the newspaper, cleaning, gardening etc. Gadget time must be restricted in the morning and late evenings for all at home in this New Year 2019.
3. Family Meetings
Parents often treat children as babies and do not involve them even in any family -related matters. In fact, most of the decisions about the children like the coaching classes they attend, the hobbies they want to pursue, subjects to take, etc are often taken by parents themselves.
This New Year, in 2019, parents must have family meetings to discuss key issues. Take time to talk to the child and involve children in these meetings. Take their opinions into account before finalizing the decision. This gives the children a feeling of responsibility as well as an opportunity to express their views.
4. Reduce and Recycle
In this New Year, parents and children can take this productive decision of reducing and recycling waste. The government has already banned plastic bags in some Indian states. Saying ” no” to plastic bags and organic recycling should be made part of the family agenda for 2019.
5. Spend Quality Time With Children
These days, parents are spending a lesser amount of time with their children. The time they do spend with their children is often used for reviewing their performance, giving long lectures on the importance of discipline or good marks, or finding fault with their behavior.
This New Year 2019, parents must make a change to stop this blame game and start spending more quality time with children. Play games or sports with children, help them with their homework, talk about their day, and discuss their problems. All these can yield fruitful results for both sides without toxicity.
Speaking of children…
Top Five 2019 Resolutions for Children
Now, on to the top 5 goals for children to achieve for this New Year.
1. Learn Something New
Children can take the initiative in 2019, of learning something new, such as a new hobby, art, craft, language etc. This will help them to refresh their mind and alleviate academic stress.
Children don’t have to learn something new every day, but expanding knowledge beyond just what school teaches is important. Parents must cooperate and allow children to pursue their interests in 2019.
2. Avoid Junk Food
Staying healthy must be the top priority for children in 2019. Students tend to become overweight when they live a sedentary lifestyle. This means just sitting around at home watching TV or their mobile while stuffing themselves with chips, sweets, snacks, soda, etc.
Fat and oil should be kept to a minimum this year. Children must take an oath to avoid junk food and eat only homemade healthy food. Exercising daily must also become the prime focus for children in 2019.
3. Finish Tasks on Time
It’s time to say “no” to procrastination as tomorrow never comes. Stop putting of tasks and delaying them. No more excuses. Children must make a commitment in 2019 to finish tasks on time, whether it is for the home, the school, tuition, whatever.
It’s easy to postpone tasks but it has to be done eventually, so why not now? Get it over with. Get motivated, get up off the sofa, and just do it! Besides, punctuality and discipline will help in the long run to achieve better goals.
4. Help Parents
Just as parents should take time to help their children, the inverse also applies. Children must understand that their parents care for them most. They must learn to obey them and also help them in their daily chores. Stop with the petty arguments, bickering, and infighting in 2019.
Helping parents makes children understand their responsibilities and burdens. Above all, children learn to respect parents more when they help them. A good parent-child relationship is critical, so make it a top priority this New Year.
5. Study Harder and Smarter
Children must resolve focus on their academics. They must identify their weaknesses and work harder to correct them. It’s not just about working hard, but smart as well. The best students are those who imbibe the most amount of knowledge and information in the least amount of time. Rather than just memorizing and regurgitating facts, students should study to learn new things for this New Year.
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New Year Resolutions are made easily and forgotten quickly too. Make this time different. In 2019, both parents and children must set their own goals and resolve to adhere to them strictly. Mutual monitoring can instill a better sense of commitment among parents and children to follow their New Year resolutions meticulously.