How to Plan Your Family New Years Goals

While so many adults focus on their individual weight loss and professional goals in the New Year, don’t ignore your family’s goals. We accomplished one of our major goals last year by moving into a larger home. I’m exercising more and cutting out the carbs. Family wise, what affects one person affects the entire unit. So I’ll walk you through some recommended ways to plan your family New Years goals together. Plus, I’ve got a free printable that will make it super simple. You also have the option to download it, save it as your own file and update it along the year.

Plan a Family Meeting.

Even as a family of three, we struggle with planning family meetings too. We like to hang out and relax on the weekends. But a quick 20-30 minute gathering could help catapult your family to reaching its goals.

Weekdays may be a little crazy unless you want to host the meeting along with a weekday dinner.

Family meetings can be planned each month, each quarter or as needed, ex. 12 Life Events That Require a Family Meeting

Create a Family Vision Board

Psychotherapist Jodi Aman recommends vision boards and writing down goals. Here is a complete vision board party supplies list.

“Creating posters (or vision boards) is a great way to fill the time with a craft and a great practice to instill in your children. People who write down goals have 1100% more chance of achieving them so this practice sets up your children for life!”

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Vision Board Party Supplies

Ask open-ended questions.

Allow your family members to express themselves thoroughly with open-ended questions, not questions where the answer is Yes or No.

Focus on feelings, emotions and what it would feel like to accomplish each family member’s goal.

Ex. “How would it feel to make the basketball team?” or “How can we all support Dad in this job search?”


Focus on cooperation and teamwork.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Guttman says when working on family New Years goals think of how each one affects the family.

“Making these decisions together as a family not only serves as a great practice for understanding negotiation and consideration of others outside of the family, but creates a connection within the family by making a point of exhibiting interest in the well-being of each other.”

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Track your family’s progress and plan ahead.

The New Year and mid-year are two times to get together for a dedicated family discussion. Clinical Psychologist Stephanie O’Leary says: “Having at least two family meetings a year is a good goal to set, ideally one around the New Year and one at some point over the summer months.

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Once you’ve set family goals, plan ahead or the next meeting and expectations.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Julienne Derichs says: “If you know the topic is going to be addressed in the next family meeting family members are more likely to keep to keep the goals in mind and to know what is expected of them.”

Stay Positive

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Beth Jakubanis recommends when you’re discussing resolutions, “Be careful not to criticize goals that haven’t been achieved but instead to recognize and praise the small steps moving you in the right direction.”

Have you planned family New Years’ goals?

What family changes this year will

you need to work on?

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  1. These are all great tips! I especially love the family board idea — that’s an awesome way to stay on track throughout the year!

  2. That is so awesome! We always have big plans at the beginning of the year. Inevitably, those plans fall apart. I’ll make use of this!

  3. robin masshole mommy

    I made a few small plans this year. I am hoping they will be easier to stick to.

  4. I never really thought of having family based New Year goals, I love how easy your tips are to follow. I may have to plan ours, since are still in January!

  5. I have never thought of making family goals instead of individual goals for the new year. These are great tips for it.

  6. Asking open-ended questions is great. I know that tracking results is also huge for accomplishing goals.

  7. Family meetings are a great idea. I love the idea of a vision board that kids can work on as well.

  8. I think its such a great idea to make goals as a family. I am going to make a goal chart for the family and i can’t wait to see what we can achieve.

  9. I think one of the most important things is the item you first mention.
    It is so important to have family get togethers and have group meetings…these can be very memorable on their own!

  10. I love family meetings! We’re having this with my siblings with a simple get together monthly and I would love to pass this to my kids. It creates a close bonding for our family.

  11. I agree with making goals as a family. It is best to have everyone involved in the planning. They may be kids but they may still have some credible suggestions.

  12. A family vision board is a great idea. I love the one I made for myself. It is a great way to be able to see your goals.

  13. Thank you for these wonderful tips and resolutions we can do as a family! I’ve never even considered creating a family vision board but after reading your post I think we will be creating one this weekend thanks to your inspiration!

  14. I have been looking into vision boards for myself to help me with my goals this New Year, but never thought of doing one for my whole family. These are helpful tips!

  15. I love the idea of creating a family vision board. I need to get my family on board and create one.

  16. I love the idea of a family visionboard. I do personal visionboard but when I get my own family I think it would be nice to manifest things together too.

  17. A family vision board sounds like such a great bonding moment! I think we are going to do this tomorrow!