Setting Family Goals for the New Year

One of the biggest traditions of a brand new year is making goals. New year goals can be a bit intimidating; but when done as a family, it can become a fun and motivating activity! Family goals can bring everyone together, foster a sense of unity, and create a shared vision for the future. What can creating goals together do for your family?

Strengthening Family Bonds

One of the key benefits of setting family goals is that it strengthens the bonds within the family. When you come together as a family to discuss and set goals, you create a sense of unity and shared purpose. It allows each family member to have a voice and contribute to the collective vision. Maybe some goals are shared among family members that can be done together!

Teaching Important Life Skills

Another significant advantage of setting family goals is that it provides an opportunity to teach important life skills. When you involve children in the process of setting and working towards goals, they learn valuable skills such as planning, organization, perseverance, and problem-solving. Goals aren’t to be used as measures of success but rather provide something to strive towards that can give fulfillment. As your children grow older, this is a vital principle that can help them down the line.

Better Chances At Meeting Goals

Setting goals together can make space for encouraging each other to achieve said goals. Knowing that someone is cheering you on to achieve something you are working towards can make a difference. Keep one another accountable and motivate each other to keep going and not give up! The chances of goals being accomplished become higher with someone in your corner.

Create goals that are measurable to keep track of progress and make it easier to work towards. Setting reasonable deadlines will also help keep you focused on accomplishing goals. Some examples of this are: having dinner together as a family three times/week, training to run a 5K in May 2024, learning to play an instrument by (month and year), or taking a family vacation by (date).


By involving everyone in the process, you strengthen family bonds, teach important life skills, and create better chances of goals being reached. When setting family goals, remember to make them specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and with healthy deadlines. Regularly review and revise your goals as needed, and celebrate each milestone along the way. By setting and working towards family goals, you are fostering a sense of unity, growth, and shared purpose that will benefit your family for years to come.

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