A few Sundays ago our local paper featured on article by John Rosemond on family resolutions. It never dawned on me to make family resolutions but as I read through these, I really liked them. There were 14, which is WAY too many for me, but I thought they were worthy of cutting out and hanging on the fridge as a reminder of what really matters when it comes to family.
Anyhow, I wanted to summarize them and share them with you.
1. We will keep birthdays simple. No expensive "event" birthday parties.
2. We will spend as much time helping our children develop good manners as we do helping our children get good grades.
3. We will appropriately discipline our children and teach them to apologize.
4. We will work as a team and assign chores. We will do chores before we relax/recreate.
5. We will insist that our children NOT have cell phones until they can pay for them.
6. We will tell our children that being different is okay when they complain that they are the only ones who have to do chores or don't have cell phones. (We will also point out that if everyone else has a cell phone then they can borrow one when needed).
7. We will not serve customized meals. Kids eat what adults eat.
8. We will bond with our children but not in bed.
9. We will keep our marriage first and refuse to revolve around our children.
10. We will take care of ourselves and engage in adult-only activities.
11. We will put children to bed early so that they will be well rested and we will have alone time (or couple time).
12. We will eat together as a family six times a week (even if we are having take out).
13. We will limit after school activities.
14. We will help our children develop hobbies rather than buying "things."
So what do you think? Any you like? Any you dislike?
Personally I would add: We will have "technology free" nights where we read and We will have a monthly family game night. And I honestly don't care with you bond with your kids.
Do you do family resolutions? If so, what are they? If not, have I tempted you?