December 2013, a posting by 30 days caught my eye from my Facebook news feed and just like that Mique’s brilliant idea has become our family tradition (and since we’ve had house guests the last two New Year’s Eve, it’s a tradition we inflict upon any children staying with us too). The creative project we’ve been inspired by from 30 handmade days is New Year’s resolution printables for kids. These simple sheets are a beautiful way to take a “snap shot” of who your kids are at the beginning of a New Year, how they perceived their previous year, and goals they have for the coming year.
This is the second year we’ve done this and both years I’ve been surprised and had my heart-warmed by my sons’ responses to these sheets. This year I was also able to compare each boy’s sheet year-to-year and it was amazing to see the changes – changes that come with being another year older like improved handwriting and spelling, changes that come with age such as their favorite book (my #1 moved on from storybooks to chapter book favorites), and changes that come with their ever-changing interests like our new found obsession with football which apparently replaced last year’s love of baseball (I had forgotten all about their baseball hitting obsession).
As my boys highlighted 2014, I learned that my #1’s favorite memory was moving to Florida, while my #2 listed this as the hardest thing he did in 2014. I knew the move was harder on my #2 and while this answer saddened me, his greatest lesson learned of “never run in a parking lot” made me laugh out loud. My #1’s greatest lesson was “listening to [his] parents”, who knew he had mastered this lesson! The mystery of what your kids will write down make this a really fun activity. The exercise of writing it all down not only helps to make these goals/hopes/dreams more attainable, but also includes our little ones in the act of goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions.
I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for my baby boys – I can’t believe they are 8 yos and almost 7 yos already! Here’s to “learning everything in 1st grade,” “reading harder books,” “running farther,” and not relocating the family again in this coming year.
p.s. There are also adult version printables for YOU too.