I know, I know making New Year's resolutions seems so cliche, but believe me, they can actually work. They may not all stick, but the beginning of anything — the week, the month, and the year — can be the perfect time to make some really great changes in your life.

Declaring your resolutions and sharing them with your family is key. Write them down, or make a resolution board where you can hold one another accountable. Make individual resolutions as well as some you can do as a family. Hopefully you find resolutions that settle into new traditions for your family, while others may fade away over time. It teaches the kids to set goals and get excited about reaching them. Here are a few ways to get you started!

1. Get Physical

As we know, diet and exercise are the most popular New Year's resolutions, they're also often the hardest to keep. Start by evaluating your kids and what would be best for them. If they tend to sit around, stare at their phones, TV, and video games, then it's a good idea to break this habit and find a balance between down time and go time. Simple ideas like walking the dog daily, taking family walks after dinner, and weekend family hikes, can get everyone moving in 2016. Up your activity level as the year progresses.

Eating habits can be done as a family, too. Maybe back off the sweets together, curb the late night eating or snacking, or make take-out and fast food a special occasion instead of a regular occurrence. 

2. Get Reading

This one is always on my list! Admittedly, I get pretty ambitious every year, with goals like: read one book a month, read the Bible daily, read a biography, read about another country, or learn more about a time in history. Reading goals can be hard to stick to, but set your goals high and see what you can hit! Ask your kids what they're interested in outside of what they're learning in school, have them read a book about it, and then tell the family what they learned. Set family reading time, even if just for 20-30 minutes each day. Read to your kids and have them read aloud to you. It's easy to lose the reading habit, so take small steps in getting the family interested in reading again.

3. Get Spiritual

Whether it be going to church together, separate meditation, reading, self improvement, etc., there are many ways to enhance spiritual and personal growth. Have everyone write down what they are struggling with or would like to improve on in 2016 and have the rest of the family make suggestions on how this can be achieved. One year, our family decided to do more volunteering. Each month one member of the family got to pick where we were going to make a difference in the community, and it was an amazing experience. Come up with personal and family ideas. Make individual growth charts and check your kids' progress.

4. Get Cooking

The kitchen is a great place to bond with the kids. Some of the best conversations and random moments can happen in the kitchen and around food. Create family cooking nights, or have the kids cook dinner once a week. Maybe have the kids pick a healthy menu for the week. Take them shopping with you and have them do the work! Pick a movie for the family to watch one weekend a month and find a perfect meal that compliments that movie theme. This is a great way to promote good health and quality time with family in 2016.

5. Get Off the Phone

This can often apply more to the parents than the kids. We are ALL guilty of peeking at our phones, sending a quick text, checking work emails, or scrolling through Facebook and other social media networks during family time.

And your kids may appreciate a No Phone Zone rule more than you think, because it means you're off you're phone, too. Maybe try no phones from 6-8 p.m. Have everyone put their phones in a spot where no one is tempted to check them. No phones sitting on the dinner table or no phones during TV time. Believe me, this will become easier over time. It's just a bad habit that needs to be broken, and yes, it might take all of 2016 to break!

We all know that resolutions are hard to keep, but making them together is a great way to start the year off right with the family. It's teaches your kids to set goals and do their best to keep them. Give it a 30-60-90 day evaluation and figure out what's working and what goals can be adjusted.