Teaching Kids to Reflect on the Past Year

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This time of year can be hectic and crazy, particularly for parents. We are moving at full speed, trying to get everything done. There are winter festivals to attend, presents to buy, parties to throw–It’s a lot. We can run ourselves- and our kids- ragged and we often find ourselves sliding into a New Year without much direction or intention.

As we approach the end of 2015, it’s the perfect time for all of us to hit the pause button and to reflect on how we have done in the past year. Teaching our children to reflect will help them see how far they have progressed. It will also teach them to set their compass for the year to come.

Set aside some time with your children, either individually or as a family, to talk about these questions. See what other thoughts and questions arise. Take the time to think about all that you have and are able to do and recognize the areas where you can do better. Have fun with this! This is a great opportunity to connect with your children and to see how they view themselves and the world around them.

Here is a sample set of questions to help guide you:

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
5. Pick three words to describe 2015.
6. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
7. What was your greatest personal change from January to December?
8. Create a phrase or a statement that describes 2015 for you.

Amy Bishop, Fabletics Master

Photos: Hillary Morris, AFancyGirlMust.com & @FitForceFx

1 Response
  • FitForceFX
    January 5, 2016

    This is a great idea – I’m definitely going to do this with my kids!