New Year's Resolutions

Ahhhhh. It's that time of year again. No, I'm not referring to the season of joy and giving when we celebrate holidays with our family and friends. I'm talking about the end of the year when people start reflecting on the past 365 days and look ahead to the year that is yet to be. They bid adieu to the past 12 months and say hello to fresh faced Baby New Year.

I happen to believe that people can be divided into two groups: those who believe in making New Year's Resolutions and those who abhor the very thought them. I fall into the first camp- I am a firm believer in and look gleefully ahead to the next year and the possibility that it holds. Fact is, I even got married on New Year's Eve. My husband and I figured there could be nothing better than celebrating our wedding and ringing in the New Year with all of our friends and family all at the same time.

That being said, I make New Year's resolutions- sometimes small but more often big. Why do I make them? Good question. Some people might say that as a Type A personality, the New Year's Resolution is just an extension of the list making I already do, just on a larger scale. Others may chalk it up to the fact that I'm a Gemini and that I need to find ways to satisfy both parts of my personality. Personally, I think that it comes down to the fact that I enjoy a good challenge. And I like winning, even against myself.

New Year's Resolution #1: Try to be more direct. So, why I am writing about New Year's Resolutions in the education and parenting blog? A few simple reasons:
1. Setting and pursuing goals is a good experience for kids.
2. By your setting the example of continual self improvement, kids are exposed to the idea that a) learning is a lifelong process and b) everyone has something that they can better about themselves.
3. Tomorrow is another day.

As parents and educators, part of our job is to help mold and shape the character of the children in our lives. The 3 things listed above not only apply to New Year's Eve but to life in general. Reflect on the year that has passed and take time to review the memories that shaped 2007 for you. Then, make the much anticipated (or dreaded) New Year's resolution an excuse to do something that you want or need to do.

Have a resolution that you want to share? I'd love to hear from you! Have a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful New Year!