I'm a firm believer in New Year's resolutions. I make them every year because even though the first relapse usually happens mid-January, my life has improved in some way each year partly because of them. For me, resolutions are not just a list of rules I am now going to try to live by. I don't measure my worth or success by how well I adhere to my resolutions. Sitting down to make a list of goals automatically sets me on the path of self reflection, evaluating my actions, considering my values, and prioritizing my life. It also gives me a chance to start the year with a sense of expectation "great things are coming," and empowerment, "I can do this!" It's glorious.
When the kids came along, I decided to teach them the lost but life-saving art of self-reflection. We have been doing our own version of the resolutions as a family for a few years. The kids love it! They hang on to their worksheets and refer back to them throughout the year. I enjoy seeing their excitement every time they accomplish a goal or do something they had planned. I also absolutely love when I hear them reflect on their progress or struggles with personal behaviors. It's awe inspiring to listen to kids being honest, yet confident, even in their shortcomings.
tonight, we will be working on our sheets after dinner. Hopefully, your family will join us. I'm sharing our free printable 2016 Reflections and Goals sheet for you to use. Simply download, print, give one to each family member to fill out (little ones can do it as an interview), then take turns reading them aloud. You'll enjoy a refreshing time of listening to each other's heart and have an opportunity to encourage one another.
When you do, be sure to upload photos to Instagram and tag @averagemeetsamazing or use the hashtag #AMANewYear