With the New Year fresh in everyone’s mind, the classic ‘New Years resolution’ can be a good way to reflect on your year past, and what you want to get out of your 2016. Making some resolutions together as a family can be fun, and who knows, it might even convince the kids to help with the chores a bit more, for the first few days at least. Here are some ideas.
The New Year is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Whether it’s a new instrument, learning Chinese, knitting, anything goes! Coming up with concrete goals such as how many times a week should be dedicated to practicing can make it a bit more feasible.
This could mean reading x number of books a week, starting homework before Mom and Dad have to nag, or just not leaving projects until the night before they’re due.
Encourage your child to get involved in a new sport through school, go for walks together as a family, or make a family outing to one of Beijing’s ice-skating rinks. Getting active is fun, healthy, and tends to be at the top of a lot of people’s resolutions!
Helping Mom and Dad:
Ah, the tried-and-tested chore chart. Why not make it a bit more fun – add in a spinning wheel, some bright colors, or some special drawings to help get the kids more involved. We can’t guarantee how long the enthusiasm will last, though!
You know the old expression; practice really does make perfect. Do the kids have a favorite hobby, like drawing or writing stories? Think about some ways they can practice this, maybe come up with a goal for a certain amount of times per week, and reward their efforts as they go.