The clock just hit midnight and it’s officially the new year. For me, the change of the calendar offers a built-in reminder to reflect on the year that just passed and to think through the coming twelve months.
This year I’m going to try out this New Year’s Resolutions and Reflections for Kids printable with my kids.
I have thoughts on their accomplishments from 2016 and ideas for things I’d love for them to learn and areas of growth for 2017, but there is certainly also something to be said for gaining your child’s perspective on these as well.
My plan is to use this to help guide their thoughts on challenges they faced, things they learned, and opportunities for growth. We’ll think through a variety of areas, including personal, educational, and spiritual growth.
What makes it even more impactful for our kids though is to see us working through the same things in our own lives. If we’re committed to ongoing growth, our kids will likely follow along and begin to understand the importance of evaluating the past and setting goals for the future.
One of my favorite resources for this process each year is this list of 20 Questions for New Year’s Eve from Tsh at The Art of Simple. This year she’s also added a version for kids and a more in-depth planning guide for the new year.
I can’t wait to check it out and dive into the different areas — Inward Health, Physical Health, Financial Health, Family Health, Relational Health, and Your Children’s Health.
Maybe I’ll start off the year a bit more organized instead of all of the plans and goals I have just swimming around in my head…as they sometimes do…(it’s not just me, is it?!).
Do you have a favorite tool you use to reflect on the prior year and plan for the coming year with your kids or for yourself? I’d love to know about it!
Jennifer K Cook says
L, my friend in KS used to fill a jar with funny moments, kid quotes, inside family jokes, and then read aloud at year’s end. I have never done this but plan to starting today! Love to you and your family!!! Jenn