Set goals as a family

Know! is a part of the Drug Free Action Alliance, and it puts out some really interesting material. What I’m sharing came at the perfect time in my home, and I hope you will see some good also.

January is half over already, can you believe it!? Have you kept your resolution(s) for 2014? Did you and your family make joint resolutions? I liked some of those suggested by Know! Let’s take a look:

1) Argue less, talk more – We can strengthen communication and cover some big stuff (like dangers of underage drinking, smoking or other drugs) if we keep the lines open.

2) Eat dinner together as a family often – Let’s try to sit down together at least four nights a week. Why? Research shows that connecting at meal time helps kids with better grades and good decision making.

3) Create a 2014 family bucket list – Being active together as a family, planning a road trip, taking on a new family hobby; it’s just another way of spending time together and enjoying each other’s company.

4) Strive for balance on the calendar – Don’t over-commit yourself to the point of stressing out or never being home. It’s OK to say no.

Got your family list ready? Print it out and hang it up so each family member can see it and remind each other of the goals you all had a part in setting. You may have other things you want to add to this list. The important thing is that you can work your list as a family with common goals – how cool is that?

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It has a website,, and a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board’s hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.

Nancy Cochran,

executive director