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With 2021 on the horizon, many of us are eager to start fresh and take with us what we learned this past year. But while new year's resolutions may only seem fit for adults, parents can use this time of year to encourage their children to find ways to turn a new leaf.
Below are six new year's resolutions for kids so you can discuss them with your little ones and plan a fun family project in 2021!
1. Unplug from electronics
Electronics like phones, tablets, computers, and even the television can become toxic when used excessively. With so much technology constantly fighting for our attention, it’s difficult to be present — even for our children. When discussing new year’s resolutions with your children, brainstorm some technology-free hobbies or entertainment options (like books or board games) with your kids to cultivate a more balanced and meaningful lifestyle in 2021.
2. Spend more time with family
If we learned anything in 2020, it’s the importance of family and loved ones — and just how precious our time is together. Going forward, make a promise with your little ones to spend quality time with each other, whether it’s going for walks around your neighborhood or baking your favorite treats!
If you’re looking for inspiration, our Unicorn Cookie Cups kit delivers a full baking experience right to your home, including everything you need to make 24 mini Cookie Cups decorated with a fun unicorn theme. You’ll both cherish the memories for years to come.
3. Get outside more
Being cooped up all day might be nice once in a while, but it’s important for children to get outside as much as possible. Fresh air does wonders for the mind, especially after a year spent in quarantine. Finding outdoor activities for your little ones will help them release their energy, remain active, and boost their mood.
4. Read more books
Getting your kids hooked on reading early on in their lives is a great way to build a lasting habit. Unlike other forms of entertainment like watching television and playing video games, reading helps develop necessary skills, improving communication, concentration, social skills, and more. It also is a health outlet when they’re stressed or anxious.
5. Help out more in the kitchen
Get your kids involved in the kitchen by allowing them to cook with you, set the table, and do dishes as a family. Not only does this encourage them to spend more quality time with you, it also empowers them to be both creative and responsible.
A great way to encourage your kids to help out more is by hosting a pizza night where the whole family can come together and make their own homemade pizza. Our Pizza Making Kit provides a full at-home cooking experience, including everything you need to make a 12-inch pizza with all your favorite toppings!
6. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude is a great exercise for people of all ages — including kids. By recognizing what is important to us and how blessed we are to have such things in our lives, we are able to experience more satisfaction and enjoyment over the “little things.”
Have your kids write down three things they’re thankful for each night or morning, and let them express their gratitude out loud if they feel comfortable sharing. Involving the whole family can spark more positive thinking and become a healthy family tradition.