Resolutions, Revamped

December 29, 2011 at 11:57 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays, Mamma Mia Rea | Leave a comment
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Confronted with new beginnings, we put on our best face and resolve that this year, things will be different. We’ll lose those extra ten pounds or stop buying the trash magazines we’re addicted to. Maybe we’ll finally crack open those dusty Rosetta Stones and learn to speak Italian, like we resolved five years ago.

Resolutions are a tricky thing. Fueled by inspiration, we often take on more than we can handle, finding ourselves overwhelmed right off the bat. Is it any wonder that most of us drop the ball before February rolls around?

As the old adage goes, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you do make resolutions, try for something smaller and more manageable, something you know you can accomplish. That way, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step. As time goes on, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come, just by taking it a step at a time.

This is an incredibly important lesson for kids to learn, and they’ll learn it best from you. Many children are fearful of taking risks out of fear that they’ll fail. By teaching them to set smaller, incremental goals, they’ll be able to develop the self-confidence they need to try something new or difficult.

The new year is an opportunity to put this lesson in action. Have every member of your family make a “mini” resolution that they can accomplish in a relatively short amount of time, perhaps for the month of January. Make a chart with everyone’s resolution and put it up where everyone can see it; that way, you’ll keep each other accountable (“Mom, have you cleaned out the front closet yet?”). As you each fulfill your resolution, put a special mark or a sticker next to it, so you can celebrate together, perhaps with a special dinner or movie night. When February comes, you can each come up with a new resolution and begin the process again. By the end of the year, making resolutions will seem like a piece of cake.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

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