Dates to remember

Jan. 20: Parents Forever, Mandan

Jan. 22: Building Strong Families series (Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5), Mandan

Jan. 30: Buying Bulls by the Numbers workshop, ARS Station, Mandan

Happy New Year to you all, 2018 has kicked off and many of us are trying to make some changes or have even committed to a specific New Year’s resolution. Perhaps this is a topic around your dinner table? If your family is trying out some resolutions, here are some other great ideas for children of all ages to be included in this tradition.


• I will try hard to clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.

• I will let my parents help me brush my teeth two times a day.

• I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

• I will learn how to help clear the table when I am done eating.

• I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend.

Ages 5-12:

• I will drink milk and water most days. Soda and juices are only for special times.

• I will try a new sport (basketball, soccer, etc.) or activity (playing tag, jumping rope, dancing, riding bike, etc.) and do it at least three times a week.

• I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard, ice skates or snowboard.

• I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car.

• I will try to be a good friend to other children.

• I will tell an adult about bullying that I see and try to find ways to keep school safe for everyone.

• I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed/scared.

• I promise to do my best to follow household rules.

• I will follow the limit of (supply number) hours of screen time each week.

Ages 13-plus

• I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two to three servings of vegetables every day.

• I will take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of food.

• When I have some down time for media, I will choose positive, quality and nonviolent shows and video games.

• I will help out in my community. I will give some of my time to help others.

• When I feel angry or stressed, I will take a break and try a healthy way to cope: exercising, reading, writing in a journal, talking with a parent or trusted friend.

• When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult I can trust.

• I will be careful about whom I choose to date. I will treat the other person with respect and will expect to be treated the same way in return.

• I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco products, e-cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol.

• I commit to not using a cellphone while driving and to always wear a seat belt.

• I will use a planner or calendar to keep track of my responsibilities such as homework, appointments and chores.

Many of the ideas for children also make great resolutions for adults. If you or your family members are trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution, remember to keep talking with each other and supporting one another. Plan weekly check-ins during dinner or family time to see how everyone is feeling about their resolutions. When we speak resolutions out loud we are naturally more committed to staying on track. If someone slips or takes a step back, there is always the opportunity to work toward the goal again. Remember to be open to adjusting the goal if needed. The feeling of failure can lead to people giving up entirely. Good luck and have a wonderful start to 2018.

For more information or resources, contact or 701-667-3342.

Liz Larson is the parent educator for the NDSU Extension Parent Resource Center Region VII. Larson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Luther College in Iowa and started with Extension in 2016.