Not just a new year but a whole new decade is upon us and with it comes all the goodness of new beginnings and setting goals of being and doing better.
I love the idea of marginal gains - that is the idea that little improvements on a frequent basis equals a big improvement over time. So a few minutes of practicing piano (or whatever skill) every day means being able to play a "big song" by the end of the year, or master "Up On The Housetop" for the end of year recital. Or for me - spending just a few moments with conscious breathing each day might just help me get to my goals of meditating and de-stressing more easily by the time 2021 comes around!
When helping making new year resolutions - especially for a young child - it's important to set achievable and measurable goals. A goal that they can point to as something to easily work towards without getting discouraged. It's also important to let them know that forgetting every once in a while is ok, the point is to have something to work towards so that by the end of the year (or the end of January - whatever works for you and your Little) you see a noticeable or measurable difference and progress! Most importantly, it helps build confidence that once they set their mind to something, they can achieve it. Once they master the little things when they are young, the bigger things, when it counts, when they are older will feel more doable.
Happy 2020, friends, and to the 2020 resolutions!