Create a Meaningful New Year for Children

December 28, 2019

Quote of the Week

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." --Albert Einstein

Create A Meaningful New Year For Children

"Many New Year celebrations around the world happen in big, rowdy, food and alcohol driven celebrations, inevitably going late into the night– all not very helpful in meeting the needs of young children, nor, for that matter, the needs of those adults who would prefer a quiet, peaceful time for thoughtful reflection on the year past and the year to come. But as with all the family festivals, we can make our celebration of the New Year what we want it to be." This week's featured article offers wonderful ideas on how to welcome the new year with your family in meaningful ways.

Reading Corner

Title: Squirrel's New Year's Resolution
By: Pat Miller
Ages: 4-8

"Squirrel hears on the radio that it is a great day to make a resolution. Not knowing how to make one, she visits Bear, the librarian, who tells her that “a resolution is a promise you make to yourself to be better or to help others.” As Squirrel walks through the woods to think of a resolution, she meets other woodland friends who need help. She cheers up Skunk, who is sick in bed; helps Mole and Turtle find the perfect place to dig a garden; and teaches Porcupine some silly jokes so he can laugh more. At the Hidey Hole Diner, Squirrel is still stumped that she doesn't have a resolution until all of her friends tell how she helped them keep their promises and she learns that her actions speak for themselves." --School Library Journal

Be the Change

As we approach the new year, take some time to reflect together as a family on the past and coming years. To make it an interactive process, print out these reflective question cards and take turns choosing one and sharing.