Our Family’s 3 Goals for the New Year

The following was written by editor Kara Fleck.

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, my husband Chris and I have been talking about things we’d like to see our family do in 2011.  We’ve got 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.

Here are our family’s 3 goals for the New Year:

1. Become Local Tourists

I’d like to see us take better advantage of the local resources available to us.  We’re on a tight budget this year, 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.

We’re hoping we discover some local businesses that give tours, too so that we can learn more about our local area’s economy.

2. Break Out of Our Food Rut

We enjoy cooking together as a family and we have a lot of fun in the kitchen with the kids.  However, lately we seem to have fallen into a food rut with our meal plan.

I’d like to see us branch out and explore new food tastes, ingredients, and recipes. We’re hoping to grow a few new foods in our garden, to help us expand our tastes and try new things.

Breakfast especially seems to be a source of boredom, according to Jillian my oldest, who informed me last week, “It would be okay if you forgot my oatmeal this morning.” So, we’re starting with hunting down new twists on breakfast foods first.

3. Monthly Home Fire Drills

We began doing monthly home fire drills last fall, but Chris and I both feel it is important to keep up this practice every month.  It isn’t pleasant to think about a fire, but I don’t want to let that stop us from preparing ourselves, just in case.

Especially with the colder weather months upon us, it is tempting to just skip it but a monthly home fire drill is important and I want us to keep in the habit all year long.

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?

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. We home school, so our family goals go right along with our educational goals. This year, our main goal is a monthly field trip, and I am excited about seeing what is available locally that I may have missed out on.
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  2. Oh I love this post… We are going to be local tourists too and not the same old boring places we always go.. we are making a list of one totally new outing each month (along with our usual outings) – and not necessarily an easy one!!! I want to stretch us a little bit and visit places that aren’t necessarily kid friendly but certainly are worthy of a visit!!! Happy touristing!!!

  3. I hadn’t thought of making resolutions as a family, what a great idea. I especially like breaking out of the food rut – sometimes I feel like I just can’t face another night of some variety of chicken.
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  4. These goals look very do-able- a big goal for me on the practical side is: make dinner when I make breakfast!!!

  5. I had a whole list of goals and ideas that I would like to implement. The list was starting to look a bit daunting until I realized nearly everything settled around the theme of “Be More Intentional with our Time.” First steps are:
    1. Implement a weekly family game night after dinner
    2. Invite a family over for a social dinner once/month
    3. Turn off electronic media between 5-7 PM.
    I’m excited to see how the thoughts expand through the year.
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  6. Great goals Kara! I love the one about being a tourist in our home town. I have been going through some old history magazines about our city. What great history. You will enjoy learning about your town.
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  7. What a great idea!

    We have moved to a new part of Scotland that we had never ever been to before. I think the local tourist is a great idea as I till get lost trying to find the shops!

    Happy 2011!
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  8. The food rut has settled in my kitchen too. I got a couple new cookbooks for Christmas and I am hoping they will give me some new ideas. Please post your new breakfast ideas. Oatmeal, banana muffins, and scrambled eggs are all that seem to make it to the kitchen table. I love hearing what other people eat! What do you do for lunch? I’m always at a loss. “Another PBJ and sliced apple guys?” My 4 year old doesn’t mind but I do!
    Good luck on your resolutions. They look great!
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  9. What a great simple list! We used Christmas gift money to buy a family membership to a large zoo in a neighboring city. Finally, as of yesterday, we can say we’ve been there! It’s all too easy to get caught up in daily tasks and not visit the “can’t miss” attractions in our area.
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  10. What a great idea! I love the tourist idea. I’d also like to delve more into family history. I’ll have to talk to the family to see what goals we come up with. Thanks for the idea!

  11. I love the idea of family goals. Thanks for the post! We live in Indiana also (north central) so I would love to hear what local places you discover. We love traveling and we are always looking for great places to go. Growing up my traveling mostly consisted of going out east, back to my parents’ families. I feel like I have lived in Indiana my whole life and haven’t explored the exciting things it has to offer!

  12. I often find inspiration on your site – thank you! One of my goals is to laugh more, and I think playing with my kids (which I realize I really don’t do that often) will be a big part of it.
    If you are interested, please check out my post on the valuable parenting lesson I learned from a friend.
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  13. Your third goal is inspired!

    I’m not sure why we haven’t thought of this before. Maybe its because our kids were babies not so long ago (they’re 5 and 7). But I think they’re old enough now to remember and understand what to do if there is a fire.

    One thing we had already planned for the year is to limit computer time. It’s so easy to use the computer as a babysitter.
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  14. I agree with all of you, I realized that I have visited and other countries and other cultures more times than I do exploring my own country. I would like to do that too. Not to mention, this is rather more affordable. Thanks for the idea.


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