Can you believe another year has gone? Time just seems to fly these days!
I think this might be one of my favorite times of the year – there is something so exciting about having a whole brand new year with no mistakes in it yet hovering on the horizon. I love goal setting and planning, and there is nothing more motivating to me than curling up with a notebook and a favorite pen and writing up lists of goals for the new year, as well as favorite memories and favorite books read over the last year.
I like to sit down and chat with my children about what they’ve accomplished and what they’re looking forward to in the New Year. It’s a great time to reflect, but also to make goals. I’m not a fan of resolutions, because they are often too open-ended and quick to be forgotten. Instead, I like to set realistic goals. For example, rather than say I’m going to lose weight and exercise more, I’ll set a goal that I’ll eat more vegetables and less sweets (and then plan meals accordingly!) and set a fitness goal like walk one mile 3-4 mornings a week. This works the same way for our children – help them to set a goal to work towards or choose a skill to focus on and they’ll be able to make it happen.
Of course, if your kid are anything like mine, it can be hard to get them to talk about things like goals and plans for the new year. That’s why I created this printable freebie to help you and your child reflect on 2015 and think about the new year ahead.
Happy New Year from my family to yours. I hope you and your family have an amazing 2016!