Viewpoint: January 1, 2013

The New Year is a time for new beginnings. It's the time of year that many of us make resolutions about things we want to accomplish and ways to improve. The YMCA is recommending five New Year's resolutions to help build stronger families in 2013.

For starters, make a resolution to "eat together." Meal times are a great time for family members to share what happened in their day. "Volunteer together," even if it's just for one event. It's a good way to spend time together and give back.

This next one will be tough for me and my family, "unplug from technology." The goal is to spend more time interacting directly with each other. Number four, "get physically active." Experts say just 30 minutes a day will make a huge difference. And, another one that I know my family can do a better job of, "put extras to good use." There are organizations in our area that are always in need of food and clothing to help those in need.

These resolutions may sound simple, but I know how easy it is to get off track. Sticking to them will take work, but the payoff is worth it. We here at WAFB wish you and your family a happy and prosperous 2013.