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Tell Arla Big Milk about your fresh start this January – chance to win £300 voucher! NOW CLOSED

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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 06-Jan-17 10:49:43

The New Year brings about thoughts of new beginnings, and Arla Big Milk would love to know what your intentions are for a fresh start for your family, to help them grow big this January.

What are your plans and aims for the new year? Are you determined to be a better planner of healthier, wholesome meals, to make sure your DC gets enough of the good stuff? Perhaps you’d like your family to practice better sleep hygiene or spend more time together? Maybe you’re looking forward to watching your children grow big and reach milestones like weaning, taking their first steps or learning to read by themselves?

Whatever your aims, share the great ideas you have for a new and fresh start for your family in 2017 with Arla Big Milk below. All who post a comment will be entered into a prize draw where one Mumsnetter will win a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks, and good luck with the prize draw.


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itchylegs Fri 06-Jan-17 12:45:11

decided this morning
No screen time in mornings for DS and low carbs for me! Also to spend more time with DD as she is at the stage where a lot of changes are happening and I want to be a DM she can talk to.

raspberryblush23 Fri 06-Jan-17 13:07:57

Getting DD into her room finally and taking control of her bedtime. Cutting back on the amount of sugarvDS had and making more quality time for me and him. For me: making an effort to advance my career prospects and cutting back on sugar.

leccybill Fri 06-Jan-17 13:09:13

No more being late for everything! And getting up before 8am on a school day so we can have a more leisurely breakfast.
Managed it twice this week, failed today!!

NauticalDisaster Fri 06-Jan-17 13:21:31

I have given up drinking Diet Pepsi. I was using it to be more alert as I am always exhausted so I have also resolved to get more sleep.

rholo Fri 06-Jan-17 13:55:15

I'm just trying to be calmer and to not make the small everyday stresses of family life any bigger. Far easier said than done thoughgrin

FlukeSkyeRunner Fri 06-Jan-17 13:57:15

Less screen time for the kids.

FeelingSmurfy Fri 06-Jan-17 14:11:34

Batch cook for the freezer more, which requires first clearing some space in the freezer

starlight36 Fri 06-Jan-17 14:36:00

Bit of a theme here for us all! Less screen time and less sugar for us all. Bad habits in the run up to Christmas then we've been busy with all the new toys, games and days out so trying not to slip back into bad habits.

More me-time! Both exercise and catching up with friends.

Summerholidayblues Fri 06-Jan-17 14:59:09

I'm going to cut down on family sugar intake, increase my own exercise and ensure we have good quality family time where we don't look on phones and do fun memorable things together!

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Fri 06-Jan-17 15:21:28

My New Year's Resolution is the same every year: not to make any. NY is the worst time to make a resolution. I wait a couple of weeks...till a more neutral time, decorations packed away, settled into the winter, back into normal routine. Only then do I make any decisions or resolutions.

StickChildNumberTwo Fri 06-Jan-17 16:13:26

Aiming to keep the house tidier, which I think will be better for all of us not least with a toddler who is into everything.... Challenge is to get everyone on board or I'll give up in disgust by next week.

Firewall Fri 06-Jan-17 16:20:04

More organised, to fit more activities in the day! And attempt to keep the house tidy!

FreckledLeopard Fri 06-Jan-17 16:22:18

Doing dry January and trying to cut down on alcohol more generally after that. And trying to get a bit fitter - more cycling and running. And trying to encourage teenage DD to eat less junk food and move more!

foxessocks Fri 06-Jan-17 16:25:58

Less time on my phone!

Carrie133 Fri 06-Jan-17 16:29:31

To try me new family recipe a week to encourage us all to eat a bit more adventurously.

Carrie133 Fri 06-Jan-17 16:30:15

*one not me

CheeseAtFourpence Fri 06-Jan-17 16:57:38

We are going to meal plan for each week to ensure we don't rely too much on chicken nuggets and chips because we haven't defrosted any meat/got anything else in!

Buy less stuff! DD really doesn't need as many clothes as she has - too much choice causes problems and it's got a bit ridiculous.

pinkunicornsarefluffy Fri 06-Jan-17 18:02:49

I want to lose more weight this year, and also manage my work/life balance better so that I can spend more time with my DC.

My DD wants to stop biting her nails this year.

PabloEscobarReallyLovesHisKids Fri 06-Jan-17 18:32:55

Less screen time for all of us.
Eating healthier by meal planning and batch cooking, this has also saved us money too I have noticed in the short time I have done it for already - less dashes to the shops for things we have run out of and paying local shop prices rather than big shop offer prices.
I also want to start running and bike riding as a good example to my kids. We also will be walking instead of driving when we can - this will be more and more as the weather (hopefully) improves!

littleducks Fri 06-Jan-17 18:44:32

Vit D...the kids and I have tested deficient so I'm going to ensure we up our intake this year.

Greymalkin Fri 06-Jan-17 18:49:08

I am have decided to set myself a "17 in '17" challenge. It's a mixture of fun things and things that will be a bit harder and require more effort:

1 Lose 17lb
2 Save £1700
3 Read 17 books
4 Watch 17 classic films
5 Learn to identify 17 constellations
6 Take a geocaching specialist Travel bug to 17 church micros
7 17 random acts of kindness
8 17 consecutive days without Facebook/MN
9 Attend church at least 17 times
10 Aim to run for 17 consecutive minutes
11 Donate 17 bags/boxes to charity shops
12 Learn to say "I love you" in 17 different languages
13 Sell 17 items from my "to eBay" pile
14 Learn the definitions of 17 new words
15 Walk 17000 steps in one day
16 Have 17 family days out to interesting/special places
17 Drink 1.7 litres of water daily

finova Fri 06-Jan-17 19:02:01

We want to eat more veg. I'm starting by aiming to make a vat of homemade soup each Saturday. I might even do 2 different kinds as base ingredients are often the same.

Izubela Fri 06-Jan-17 19:02:19

Guess first will be learning to accept all the changes I have gone thru pregnancy and after (have a new born baby)!Hard to be a crazy working one and then just a stay at home.Get back to my healthy life style and remember to exercise!Get out of the house and not use baby girl as an excuse to hide in my bedroom.Show hubby more attention and remember to enjoy my glass of red wine and my me time.

CMOTDibbler Fri 06-Jan-17 19:02:58

DH and I are losing weight, but we all have our sporting challenges for the year. Ds(10) is planning on doing his first open water triathlon :-)

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