I made a resolution several years ago to stop making resolutions, it’s worked out really well. When talk started arising about kids making New Year’s resolutions I figured Addie could make them if she wanted to, but no way was I going to force her to make any. Before I even petered out on making resolutions entirely I made little ones like “always have good smelling laundry” and “change the sheets once a week.”
I started something with Addie today that isn’t so much a resolution as it is a little project we can do together throughout the year. I could have easily started it last month or next month but I started it today. If it sticks? We’ve been doing it since January 1, 2012. If it doesn’t work, well. It will work, because it’s simple.
We started a mother/daughter daily gratitude journal.
I got a big notebook for Christmas and yesterday I wrote:
January 1, 2012
“I am grateful for big hugs from Addie.“ I drew a little stick figure of us hugging, she really does give good hugs.
She wrote “I am grateful for my baby sister.” and drew a little picture of the two of them playing catch.
Today we’ll add one more thing each, nothing fancy, unless we want it to be.
Something about writing everything down, together. Having a years worth of tangible gratitude, I like the idea.
If we don’t do it everyday, no big deal…the ultimate point is that we do it.
Did you start any new resolutions with your kids?