January is a great time to work on your own personal goals for the year but its also a really good time to think about what you want to achieve as a family too. Making new year’s resolutions as a family is a nice way to spend some quality time together, it also encourages things like team work and social skills.
Getting active together as a family is a brilliant way to teach kids about the importance of exercise. Choose something that the everyone will enjoy and make sure it incorporates lots of fun.
Lots of gyms offer family membership packages which are often discounted this time of year, if that’s not your bag then what about a weekly swim together. There are also lots of bounce, trampoline and climbing centres popping up like InflataNation and TruNinja. If you prefer something a little simpler then making the effort to get outside to your local park or woodland is an easy way to get active together, it’s budget friendly too.
I’ve seen so many people making memory jars this year and it seems like such a lovely idea. You start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about all the good things that happen. If you have enjoyed a day out, tried a new activity or reached a goal you write it on a piece of paper, fold it then pop it into the jar. The idea is that you then open it up next new year’s eve and recall all the wonderful memories you have made as a family throughout the year.
If you love visiting museums, attractions and events as a family and want to do even more of it this year then an annual pass would be a great investment for you. If you want to experience more adventure then a Merlin Pass might be the one for you, or if you want to explore and learn then a National Trust or English Heritage membership would be perfect.
Also if there’s somewhere you visit locally ask them if they have an annual pass available, it could save you lots of money and encourage you to get out more too.
Give Something Back
Volunteering or raising money for charity is a wonderful way for the whole family to come together. Making a commitment to volunteer is very rewarding and teaches everyone in the family about gratitude and kindness. You can search locally for volunteering opportunities in your area or have a look at the Do-it website.
You could also decide to do something nice as a family each month like donating to the local food bank, helping a friend or family member with something or even as simple as baking a cake to cheer someone up.
If there’s a new hobby or interest you would like to pursue as a family then joining a club could be a good idea. You could get the whole family involved in photography, baking, drama or even singing in the local choir.
Lots of clubs have free taster sessions so you could all go along to see if there’s something you might like to try.
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