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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