2018 is here and that means you’ve no doubt made some New Year’s resolutions (whether you admit it or not). Whether you are vowing to take that epic vacation or you just want to connect more as a family, we’ve got easy ways and inspiration to make it happen. Scroll down for you new guilt-free bucket list.

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Travel More

Family vacations can be more than just fun: according to experts, family trips can lead to lifelong happiness. In 2018, make it a point to take a trip with your kids, whether it’s to an epic water resort this summer or a dazzling festival this winter. Or check out one of the many, under-the-radar national parks across the US. For even more travel ideas, click here.

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Be Kinder

Kids are naturally compassionate creatures but we (parents, too) can all use a little reminder about the power of kindness everyday. Try practicing random acts of kindness with the kids. We love this mom and educator’s ideas for making kindness happen all year long. And there’s nothing quite as effective as reading to learn about the ripple-effects of good deeds. These books will inspire you and your kiddos to make good choices and embrace the power of “we.”

Connect as a Family

Unplugging from the hustle and bustle of your device-fueled life and plugging into your family is a win-win goal for 2018. Here are ten easy things you can do every day (and they are all free). Engage the kids in a great conversation, whether they are toddlers or tweens, with a few questions to spark a lively discussion. And don’t forget the power of play! Here are our favorite new card and board games to amp up your next family game night.

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Get Fit

Looking to get your fitness groove on in 2018? Check out the tips from a real mom, who found the secret, no gym required. And speaking of no membership, sneak in a little workout at your next play date, with playground-designed exercises.

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Eat at Home More

Inspired by the story of the mom who lost mega-weight by using her Insta Pot for a year? The real secret is eating at home more. For inspiration, you might need a new cookbook or two. Or maybe you just need some Trader Joe’s meal hacks.

Read ALL the Books

Make 2018 the year you read more books than ever before! Here’s our big list of 100 books to read before you turn 12. Find them at a local indie bookstores in one of the 50 states.

What’s your family resolution this year? Tell us in a comment below! 

—Amber Guetebier

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