Editor’s note: Hey, moms and dads: Resolving to do things a little differently this year—to become a more active family?
We can help you make that New Year’s resolution stick!
For the next six weeks, we’re joining forces with one of Canada’s most trusted parenting authors, Ann Douglas, on an exciting new initiative we’re calling Project Active Family.
Here’s a brief note from Ann explaining what it is, how it works, and why you and your family might want to join in.
Hello, Active for Life parents!
If you’ve tried to make New Year’s resolutions in the past, only to watch your willpower and resolve fizzle away, you’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to make your active living resolution stick.
The good news is that there’s plenty you can do—and the even better news is that we’re here to help you do it!
For the past two years, I’ve been researching the science of habit change—what it takes to transform habit intentions into habit actions. It’s a key focus of my forthcoming book Happy Parents Happy Kids, which is about getting to the happiest, healthiest possible place as a family.
I’ll be sharing the highlights of that research over the next few weeks—the stuff you need to know to become the active family you’ve always wanted to be; and how to make that happen in a fun, achievable, and totally guilt-free way!
How to get the most out of Project Active Family:
A new article by Ann will be posted every Monday in January – Mark your calendars!
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It’s the very kind of information I wish I’d had access to a decade or two ago, back when my kids were really little—a time in my life when I was pretty much the poster child for self-neglect!
I know how easy it is to get caught in a downward spiral when it comes to your own physical and mental health—but I also know that it’s possible to turn the situation around (because I did it).
That’s what I want to help you to do: to set some small-but-achievable physical activity goals for yourself and your family and to be by your side as you take those all-important first steps. You don’t have to be super fit to embark on this journey. In fact, you don’t have to be physically fit at all. All that matters is that you have a desire to make physical activity a more regular part of your life and your children’s lives, too.
What I can offer you is an opportunity to tap into support from a community of people who are working hard at making the same kinds of changes as you are: a chance to swap strategies and to offer encouragement to other parents who are quite literally walking the same walk!
That’s what’s going to make this community so special. We’re going to be making this journey together. You don’t have to make it on your own—nor should you. Tapping into support from other people not only lightens the load. It also makes the journey more enjoyable.
We’d love to have you join us.