New Year – New Resolutions

The start of a brand new year is an excellent time to make some New Year’s resolutions. These don’t have to be difficult or unpleasant. Not sure where to start? Good Housekeeping has some excellent ideas about what you might choose to focus on this year. Start a Gratitude Journal Keeping track of things, people and events that you’re grateful for throughout the year can help to improve your mental and physical wellness. “It literally breathes new life into us. It recharges and it rejuvenates.” Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and founder … Continue reading

Why People Make New Year’s Resolutions

The custom of making a New Year’s resolution goes back farther than you might think! According to, the ancient Babylonians are said to be the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year, which, for them, began in mid-March when the crops were planted. There was a 12-day festival known as Akitu, when the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects … Continue reading

Family New Year’s Resolutions

Do your New Year’s resolutions fizzle out before February? That’s pretty common. One way to ensure that you keep working on your New Year’s resolution is to make yourself accountable to someone else about it. Make some family New Year’s resolutions that everyone can work on together. Your kids can learn a lot from the experience! Learn a New Language Did your grandparents speak a language other than English? Make a New Year’s resolution to have your whole family start learning that language. Relatives who already speak it can help. People learn the most when they are having fun. Pick … Continue reading

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions and Save on Insurance

What was your New Year’s resolution for 2013? The popular ones include losing weight, quitting smoking, and saving money. You might be struggling to keep that promise to yourself right now. Hang in there! Keeping some types of New Year’s Resolutions could save you some money on your insurance premiums. No matter what your insurance premiums cost, you probably would be happy if they were lower. This is true for auto insurance, life insurance, and health insurance. Fortunately, there might be a few ways to convince your insurer that they should lower your rate, or, at the very least, not … Continue reading

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

Happy New Year! You know it’s going to be quite a year when you wake up on January 1st to your 8-year-old whispering in your ear:  “Mommy, what’s your New Year’s revolution?” I wish I could’ve come up with some incredible intention that would result in earth-shattering changes, but alas, I doubt vowing to lose 15 pounds is going to do much to bring about world peace or alleviate the financial crisis. Still, the start of the New Year is an excellent time to discuss the meaning of resolutions with your children. It’s even better when they initiate the conversation. … Continue reading

End the Year With Family Time

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to take stock of your life and focus on how you can make the most of 2013.  A new year means a fresh start.  Out with bad habits and in with better ones. For busy parents, evaluating the year gone by is a chance to reprioritize; for many that means figuring out ways to spend more time with their children. Of course, there’s no time like the present to get a jumpstart on that resolution.  To illustrate your newfound commitment, consider spending the last days of 2012 bonding with your kids.  Remember, it’s … Continue reading