Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, though I really find myself disliking that term, my husband Christopher and I have been talking about a small list of goals we’d like work toward as a family.
I thought it might be fun to share our list with you and see what Simple Kids readers are hoping for their own families in the new year. (Are you interested in hearing about my personal goals? You can take a peek over at Rockin’ Granola).
Here are our family’s 3 goals for 2013:
1. Get out there!
After that tender post-baby year, where my preference is to stay as close to home as possible, 2013 feels like a year to get out there and see the world around us.
I’d like to see us take better advantage of the local resources available to us. We’re on a tight budget this year, (okay, when aren’t we on a tight budget?) so that will limit our travels out of state, but there is no reason that we can’t become tourists in our local area.
We’re making a list of local things to do and places to visit. I hope to explore our local geography and history in the coming year and do more exploring of landmarks and research the history of our small town and learn more about our home state, too.
My four year old’s current favorite show, thanks to Netflix streaming, is How It’s Made. She’d love to go on some factory tours, and so would her siblings, so we’re hoping we can discover some local tours within a day’s drive that our family could enjoy.
Midwest folks, do you have any factory tour suggestions for us? I’d love to hear what is on your “must see” list!
2. Change some of our bad food habits
It started out innocently enough last year, with that box of “emergency” whole grain toaster waffles on reserve for the mornings when I was feeling overwhelmed. However it wasn’t long before those waffles found themselves featured in a regular spot on our grocery list. Not exactly the way I want my family to start their day.
We enjoy cooking together as a family and we have a lot of fun in the kitchen with the kids. However, last year with a new baby in the house, some of my short cuts turned into bad habits. No need to hold on to the guilt, though. We did what we had to for a season of life and now 2013 is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.
I’d like to see us branch out and explore new food tastes, ingredients, and recipes – especially those that are simple, healthy, and that get the whole family cooking in the kitchen together. We’re hoping to grow a few new foods in our garden, to help us expand our tastes and try new things, too.
3. Think Small and Simplify
Probably sounds surprising to find that on a simple living blog, eh? But, yes, we need to recommit ourselves to simplicity and an uncomplicated childhood. Some things at our house have gotten a little too busy and a little too loud. There is clutter, there is a busy schedule, there are decisions that need to be re-evaluated.
There are some things we need to change and some things we need to eliminate so that we can make room for the life we want to create together. Life is lived in the “small” moments and I want more room for those.
It is time to ask some questions and get back to basics. I’ll be sharing much of that journey here in this space in the coming year. So much has changed since I took over at editor here at SimpleKids.net. Our family size has changed, the children have gotten older, our circumstances and calendar are different than they were even just a few years ago.
Christopher and I both feel like some things need radical change, and that might require some radical choices.
Perhaps a few of you are feeling the same way? Like life, despite your best intentions, snuck up and got a little complicated? Let’s take this journey together, refreshing our simple living goals and re-kindling our desire for an uncomplicated childhood for our kids.
What about you? Do you have any goals for your family in the new year? Things you’re hoping to accomplish? New experiences?
What are your family’s goals for the new year?