If New Year’s Resolutions Fall Flat with Your Family…Try This Instead!
Happy New Year friends! I hope you and your family had some special times together over the holidays. We sure did! Sad to see some things come to an end…but we are really looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store!
Speaking of New Year’s, I wanted to share something with you that our family does.
Although we’re not real disciplined about establishing New Year’s resolutions, at the beginning of each year we do try to pause long enough to reflect on the previous year. At the same time, we also try to look forward to what the next year might bring.
In addition to it being a really enjoyable exercise, I also feel that it helps create a more thoughtful and appreciative rhythm to our family’s cadence – celebrating what’s happened and anticipating what’s to come. And it also gives us a window into our girls’ hearts…and minds and those are always treasured moments for this mama.
What we do is not complicated, it’s just an intentional conversation around the dinner table…that often leads to other conversations later. Each year I come up with a list of things to talk about that we use to keep us focused as we share around the table. Then, after dinner, each of us fills one out on our own.
Since we started this activity, I always look forward to reading what my girls write as their answers. Love seeing what they come up with! Once I’ve collected and read them, I compile them in a notebook that I add to year after year and keep for future reference and enjoyment. Just like our family photo albums, this notebook of memories will become a great treasure and opportunity to walk down memory lane for all of us in the years to come.
In order to make it easier for you and your family to have a similar conversation around your dinner table, I’ve created a similar version of the list that we filled out this year. Click here or on the image to download one for your family to use.
I do change the questions up a little from year to year, but many of the questions stay the same. So check back in with us next year to see what our latest New Year printable includes.
Now I realize that I may be a bit late in getting this out to you…as it is almost a full week into January and many of you have probably already shifted back into school mode. But whether this shift has happened or not, I’d really encourage you not to wait another 359 days to take advantage of this unique opportunity to reflect on last year and to put into writing some hopes for the new year.
Although I had hoped to do ours on January 1st or 2nd, we finally did ours yesterday. And I’m good with that! Better late than never! I think anytime in January would work. Don’t let a date keep you from embracing a meaningful and fun activity with your family to help bridge your 2015 and 2016. In fact, why not go for it this weekend?!?!
And in true RYG fashion…if you do, I think you’ll find that you’ve redeemed a little bit of precious family time through rich conversation that will have a lasting impact and create a memory keepsake in the process…that you can revisit for years to come.
Take care friends…and here’s to a great 2016!
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