New beginnings – starting small

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They say there’s no better time than the new year to reflect on what you want – for yourself, and the kids. Something about the season and the extra time spent with mates gets us thinking about how fast time flies and what we want going forward. So, what’s your plan to make this year a good one?

Simple stuff like getting to know new people. Or promising yourself you’ll accept more help. Or lending a hand when you can. Maybe you want to spend more time outside with the kids, and less time in front of the screen. Maybe it’s about taking less on, slowing down and enjoying the little things. Maybe you’re ready to learn a new skill. Or to try out new ways to guide the kids a little differently, so that they’re healthier and happier. 

When it comes to turning over a new leaf, less is more. Rather than beat ourselves up with goals that stack on the pressure, let’s go gently with our goals and set ourselves up for a good year. Besides, chipping away at small goals is the best way to create long-term habits. In fact, they say it takes 30 days to build a new habit. And the smaller the better – just five minutes a day of doing something different can help create change that lasts. Simpler than that, coming-up with a theme for the year as a family helps you all set new trends. This year will be about kindness – we’ll look for ways to be kinder to each other. Or this year is about relaxing – we’re going to make more time to relax together. So, put your feet up and bring out the popcorn! Mind-set is everything!

But you know what? If you’ve been working hard and things are already great (or good enough), then maybe your fresh start is celebrating just that. We don’t give ourselves enough credit as parents. Just like our kids, we’re growing and learning every day. So, if you’re without a goal for the new year, patting yourself and your mates, and your kids on the back for all the hard work you do is a great one. Cheers to that! 

Last Updated: 24 November 2020