New Year resolution ideas are easy enough for adults to come up with. You eat less cake and more salad, you drive less and walk more. Job done. But how can you start the New Year for children with a positive message and keep them entertained?
Check out our fun New Year’s resolution ideas for kids.
Learn a skill
Young minds are very receptive to new skills and ideas. So encourage them to try something new. Whether it’s learning to knit, getting to grips with the guitar, or pottering about with clay, there’s some skill your child would like to learn. And the great thing is that many of these won’t necessarily mean signing up for expensive lessons or classes – you or a relative will have a skill that can be passed on. Get out, get active
There’s practically nothing like exercise to get those endorphins going and lightening the mood. Prising your kids away from the telly/laptop/console and getting them outdoors for some fresh air can be a tricky task. But once they’re up and moving, the body supplies its own reward chemicals. They’re having fun and getting fitter. So why not suggest they resolve to go to the park for a kickabout once a week with mum and dad, or join a basketball club, or sign up for gymnastics classes?
Learn a joke a day
If your kids are anything like mine, they know two jokes and tell both of them all the time. So how’s this for a New Year resolution idea? Get them to learn and tell a new joke every day. Obviously, you don’t want them scouring the internet for just any old jokes (Frankie Boyle gags don’t go down well with Grandma) so point them in the direction of somewhere like Reader’s Digest for some good, clean laughs.
Create a family portrait
This is one of our New Year resolution ideas that plays to kids’ creative side. They can challenge themselves to create a unique family portrait over the course of the year. Pick a family member (or a friend) for each month and get to work on a portrait. Try out a different art technique each month. That could be watercolour paints in January, photography in February, mosaic for March, crayon in April, clay in May … until you get to the end of the year and assemble the family portrait.
Become a cook
Not one for the younger children, I’m afraid. But as kids hit 10, it’s safe to start showing them the ropes in the kitchen. Keep it simple to start – making a cuppa, preparing a panini, or heating up tins of soup. Once you know they’re handling the hob, microwave and knives safely, move on to family favourites – usually the simple dishes that taste 10 times better than the effort that goes into them. New Year for children could mean less time in the kitchen for you.
We hope these ideas help kick start 2019 for your kids.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any great new year resolution ideas that have worked for your children.