Teaching Kids the Importance of Following Through New Year’s Resolutions | El Paso, Texas
It’s the New Year! 2017 is coming, and honestly, we couldn’t be happier, with how terribly crazy 2016 was (death of El Paso's very own, Debbie Reynolds. I’m still not over it). And with a new year, comes a set of new things: New routine, new promises, new lists of “things I should do before next year”, new books to read, new TV shows to watch, new blog articles to write, and, most importantly, new resolutions to make! Ah, New Year’s resolutions, we all make them, but few of us really follow them, but this year, we can go on this adventure together. I will be working towards my resolutions, and you can do the same!
Sit with your kids and try reflecting about 2016, what was good, what was bad, what was out of your control, how are they doing in school, how can they improve, what could be changed for the better? Having a conversation like this will give you and your kids a clear view of what you accomplished this year and what you wish to accomplish in the next one. It will also give you an opportunity to know more about your kids’ goals and dreams, and find out how you could help them to achieve these goals.
Make a “goals board”, it could be like a vision board for the whole family, with all your resolutions on it. Choose doable ones, like spending more times with your kids, reading more books together, having more weekend trips, gardening more together, staying healthy through regular exercise and good food, or saying YES more to opportunities that knock on your door (speaking of which, I’ll be starting a book club for kids in the next months to come, so if you’re in El Paso, maybe you should say yes to that opportunity).
What you should remember is that your children are always watching you, even when you think they’re not (just like tiny spies), so try to be a role model for them. Follow your resolutions, and they will do the same. When they see you working hard for your goals, they will do the same, and learn about perseverance and diligence, and that good hard work pays off. Most importantly, reward your kids for following through their resolutions, this will motivate them and simply make them happier.
They say that if you voice your goals, you will feel more pressure to work for them, so, if you have any resolutions for 2017, feel free to comment on the article and let me know what you want to make better this upcoming year, in your personal or family life. I’ll jump into the water first: I have a few resolutions for this New Year, but the most important one is to keep doing good deeds for our community. As a teacher and a writer, I want to share my love of reading and books with as many children as I can, so they can find themselves in books, and why not, write some when they grow up. I’ve had so many authors influence me as a kid, and I want to do the same for the next generation.
Best wishes to you all and much success in 2017!
Your friend, Gilbert-Ian