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New Year’s Day Family Traditions

Start January with a focus on improving minds, bodies, souls, and family bonds with some simple family activities on New Year’s Day! New Year’s Day has changed over the centuries, but the idea of celebrating it has remained. Start new family traditions on New Year’s Day and use the opportunity to help family members focus on new growth.

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Improve Minds

Plan and carry out New Year’s Day family activities to exercise minds and help them grow. Give children and one another new books or games that help improve thinking. It’s often a better day to give few educational gifts than Christmas where toys might cause children to overlook them. Spend time on the Internet to find a few new sites that promote learning, such as NASA’s site, math game sites, or sites with nature information.

Take time to discuss how everyone is doing in school or other programs to increase learning. Chat about ideas to help anyone who needs to improve and possible new study areas or habits to promote learning.

Grow Healthier Bodies

Start the year healthy with nutritious foods and exercise. Take a family walk to see what new sites everyone can find on the first day of the year. Make a new, healthy snack or food for all to try. Check everyone’s height and weight and post it to recheck growth later in the year. Consider scheduling one evening a week to exercise as a family. This can be walking, indoor exercises, or even going skating or bowling together.

Discuss any health goals of individuals and how other family members can encourage success. Be willing to partner in exercise, diet, or other plans so a loved one can become more physically fit.

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Grow Healthier Souls

It’s always a great time to improve the spiritual life. Making a new commitment as a family is a wonderful goal for beginning the year. Give each person a new book, Bible, devotional, or journal to inspire spiritual growth.

Start a New Year’s Day journal for the family. Record last year’s best and worst events, as well as the funniest happenings. Ask each person for a specific goal for the New Year. This may be a long range goal or character trait to work on. Plan to review the lists next year and add to it each year.

Build Family Bonds

Start the New Year with a big, family hug and photo. Make plans to celebrate together with a few special activities during the year. Dream about family vacation plans and excursions to do as a family. Post the dreams and start a savings plan to make them into realities.

Discuss how to communicate better as a family and how to solve disagreements that might pop up. New strategies now could lower stress and make the family work together better.

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There are plenty of things to do on New Year’s Day with the family. Make New Year a day to inspire growth and new goals for everyone. Improving minds, keeping the body and soul healthy as well as building family bonds will give the family a new focus and a great start to growing healthier and closer throughout the year. Challenge members to work at keeping new goals set.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Back in day our church family would gather at a Chinese restaurant for New Year’s Eve. There would be so many people there and so much fun.

  2. I’ve never really thought much about Family Traditions for New Years, but laying in bed with Covid and missing my cancer treatments it really can be a powerful thing to do. Healthy minds and body and finding positive activities to do as a family.


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