Single moms are always trying to do the best for their families. They plan outings, plan meals, try to find time for school activities, earn money and more. Moms are busy people, working hard to keep it all together.
This year, focus on goal setting as a family, if your children are old enough to understand what is expected of them. This will take some of the pressure off you, causing you less stress throughout the year. How? By putting responsibility on each member of the family, not just yourself.
The best way to go about this is to mention to your children, perhaps at dinner, what you want for the coming year in terms of setting family goals. Ask them to think about, and to discuss with each other and yourself, what they think a good family goal, or set of goals, would be.
This might be an exercise or nutrition goal, or even an overall fitness goal. It might be a goal to spend more time together as a family, or to have 'date' nights once a week where you do something with each child in turn. Perhaps you will come up with something different, or you will decide to do a combination of different goals.
Let them know that you will discuss goal ideas in a week, at dinner. You and your children will then make the final decision on what your goal(s) will be, and you will work out the details together. You want your children to give you their input, and you will share your ideas with them. You also want to try to make it fun, to add staying power to the goal. This planning may continue through dessert, and into the evening hours.
As an example of a goal that a family can work together on, read A New Year's Challenge: 52 Weeks, 52 New Foods. This is an excellent example of how a family can work together on a common goal. The article will also lead you to a blog put out by the family who is accomplishing the goal, so you can follow along.
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