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December 26th, 2013 |

Jumpstarting Microresolutions

My young nephews, Trent (9) and Bryce (6) received tablets for Christmas. They’ve been nestled on the couch the very second the devices were fully charged. I’m hopeful  the novelty will eventually wear off, at least a little, right?

These two boys are very active. They play basketball and soccer. They play ‘tickle tackle’ outside in the yard for hours and look like they’re NFL-ready. Bryce will take your legs out from under you without fear. Trent will out run you and has cat-like agility. They burn calories at that enviable young boy rate.

They also eat very healthfully. Thanks to my sister’s insistence, fruits and vegetables are part of their vocabulary. They know what quinoa is and prefer kale chips to Lays. They love ChopChop magazine and ChopChop cookbook. Trent knows more about food labels than any dietitian I know. Bryce wants his plate to be colorful. Eating the right stuff fits seamlessly into their day.

In the name of balance, tablet-time has a place in their world, that’s for sure. I decided to chat with them about doing things a little bit differently, just for the heck of it. Motivated by Caroline Arnold’s recent book on sustainable self improvement, we discussed ‘little goals’ or microresolutions (small, specific goals that will be achieved). Here’s what they decided about tablet-time:

–They’re very excited that they have their own devices. They no longer have to barter for mom’s IPad.

–Playing the tablets can make them feel ‘kinda lazy’ like a big couch potato.

–Like candy, they get a taste of some game-time and they want more game-time.

–They like playing outside more than playing on the couch because ‘fresh air is really cool’.

So, the boys created a microresolution together: For every hour they spend on the tablet, they resolve to eat 1 serving of fruit/vegetable or jump rope for 5 minutes in the driveway. Bryce tells me he’ll eat carrots every single time because, well, they taste just like candy.

Have some fun setting your microresolutions this year. It’s never too late (or too early) for behavior change.

For more on Caroline Arnold’s book, Small Move, Big Change, go here:

For ChopChop magazine and book, go here: