Today’s the last day of 2013! This morning, we pasted the last card onto our Jesse Tree and made time for our New Year’s resolutions. Our last Bible verse is taken from Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
What a beautiful verse to usher in 2014 – reminding ourselves that God is in control of everything and we need not be anxious about anything.
Ever since we got together as a couple, my husband and I have been making New Year’s resolutions and reviewing them half-yearly and at year-end. We see the value of making goals and having the self-discipline of keeping them. Now that Hannah’s turned 2, we turned this into a family activity.
It might be a lofty idea trying to teach a preschooler the importance of New Year’s resolutions and learning to stick to them. I’m not sure how it’ll all work out but we’ll never know if we don’t start somewhere, don’t you think?
Being thankful for 2013
To start off, I asked Hannah what are the things that she’s thankful for this year. Naturally, she’ll start off with the recent activities like her Christmas presents, visiting the fire station, reading “Can’t Wait Till Christmas” and other Christmas stories, the sun (so that she’s able to run in the playground.) It’s interesting to hear how the little things can make a 2.5 year old happy.
Remembering loved ones and neighbors
Next, we talked about the family members, and what would make them smile. For this year’s resolution, I focused on how Hannah could show her love to people around her.
I asked leading questions like, “what does [a family member] like?”, “how would he/she feel if she received this from you?”, “Is it possible for Hannah to give/make/say this?”
Beside our family, I also asked Hannah how she could show her love to neighbors around us; how we could make their day, and share our joy with them.
Putting it all together
Once Hannah has decided what she wants to do for each person, I pen them down and framed it up. I wanted to show her that her New Year’s resolutions were significant. I could tell she was excited as she asked me to repeat what was written many, many times. Best of all, she put what she said into practice almost immediately!
Upon seeing our neighbor walked past, she dashed to the door and shouted, “Hello auntie! Merry Christmas!”
Making resolutions with your preschooler may seem a little daunting, but we’ll never know the rewards it may bring for the family.