We all make New Year’s Resolutions right? It seems like the beginning of the new year at our house is the beginning of the school year.  Now would be the perfect time to start a resolution to do something exciting. Here are some ideas to get you and your kids started. We really like #’s 1, and 4 at our house.

1. Attempt a world record. Remember the Brady Bunch where Bobby and Cindy decided to break the teeter totter record? Well, they didn’t last much past their bedtime. But good ‘ole Mike pointed out that they probably did set a record for kids their age! Every year my son wants to buy the Guiness Book of World Records.

2.  Plan a family day trip (or week long vacation). Pick a place that is within an hour of your house. Have the kids use the internet to research things to do and see and places to eat.  Let them plan the day and figure out what it will cost. Include gas, meals, snacks, entry fees, etc.

3.  Set a goal for the year and write it down. See how fun and rewarding it can be to accomplish your goal. Here are a few ideas.

Become a school officer. Find out what it takes and get on that path.

Vow to be on time every day. Set your alarm and make it happen.

Keep a neat desk. Or locker. Find a place for everything and put it back in it’s place.

Learn a foreign language. Do you know what language this is or what it means? xie xie.

Play on the school sports team. Michael Jordan of basketball fame didn’t make the cut for the team his sophmore year of high school. Keep practicing and stay focused. He didn’t give up and he made it the following year.  And you know the rest of he story.

Volunteer to help others. Visit a nursing home decked out in Halloween costumes to hand out treats to seniors. OR get a group together to visit and sing for the holidays.

Organize a cleanup program in your neighborhood.

Play an online game at http://freerice.com and feed the hungry while you learn new words. For each definition you answer correctly in Free Rice’s vocabulary game, 20 grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program to help end hunger

4.  Make a time capsule with your family or your class. Decide when you will dig it up. Will you come back after college? Sooner, later? Some things you can include: A photo of yourself or your group. A written list of things that are important to you NOW – favorite songs, TV shows, favorite hobbies and a picture of you doing them. Items that represent what is going on in the world now. Such as a newspaper. A copy of your report card.

 

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