To Do List – New Year’s Day 2018 and Making New Year’s Resolutions
- Traditional hike with friends in the redwood and eucalyptus trees – CHECK
- Cook a big mess of black-eyed peas for prosperity in the new year (and maybe some cast iron skillet cornbread to go with it) – CHECK and CHECK
- Finalize your resolutions – UMMMM…
Bodhi has been thinking about his New Year’s resolution for a couple days now. After listening to us discuss our various crazy resolutions for ourselves, he was curious. We explained what a resolution is and gave him some examples, and then we read Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution (affiliate link) by Pat Miller with illustrations by Kathi Ember. It introduces us to Squirrel on New Year’s day. As the day unfolds we meet Squirrel’s friends and hear about their resolutions. As Squirrel starts helping her friends achieve their goals, they help her discover her own resolution – to help someone everyday. Bo loved the story, and it got him talking about what kind of resolutions he might want to make. He hasn’t settled on one yet and we let him know that that’s okay. But, he’s definitely been thinking about it.
We also studied up on helping preschoolers make resolutions and learned that it’s best to have him choose something simple and specific. The AAP suggests “simple habit-forming resolutions like being nice to other kids who look like they need a friend, cleaning up toys, helping to clear the table and washing their hands after going to the bathroom.” So, we’re hoping to guide him in that direction.
In addition to resolutions, we are working on our family’s traditions for New Year’s. One is fairly well established – we always go on a hike. Because nature holds a primary place for us, we like making it the first thing we do in the year. It helps get us and the boys excited about all the exploring and fun we’ll have in nature in the coming year. And, after the busy-ness of the holidays, a saunter through the redwoods is the perfect way to find your breath again and get grounded to the things that are important.
The other tradition – black-eyed peas – is relatively new. It is borrowed from dear friends and we’re hoping to build on it. We like a tradition that focuses us on doing something together like cooking and eating as a family, and also connects us to a larger community of friends. We’re hoping to continue building on these traditions but for this year, we feel like we got off to a pretty darn good start.
Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller (aff link)W
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