Swap old habits with new attitude

A new year means the opportunity to make a fresh start. Yes, we’re a couple months in, but that just means there’s no time like the present to shift your perspective.

SWAP weight guilt with healthy habits

Instead of vowing to shed 10 pounds, take a cue from Katie and Bradford Wilcox, founders of healthyisthenewskinny.com, and vow to strive for a healthier, happier lifestyle. Small changes like swapping your second or third coffee of the day for a mug of green tea or hot water with lemon can make a big difference.

SWAP big savings pressure with little savings goals

If your goal is to put a little bit more in the slush/house/vacation/renovation fund, it can be overwhelming to think of saving hundreds of dollars all at once. Instead take a cue from this year’s viral money-saving technique. The first week of January, add $1 to your savings, the second week $2, the third week $3 and so on. December can be tough when you’re putting away from $48 to $52 each week, but it’s worth it to have $1,378 in cash in your hands on December 31.

SWAP complaining with gratitude 

Sometimes our problems just need reframing. For instance, a common complaint among many parents today is that we’re too busy – driving the kids to activities, keeping up with social commitments, arranging childcare. Instead, think of our lives as being full. That’s something to be thankful for!

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, February/March 2016.

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