New Year’s Resolutions are an interesting way to start the year fresh. 2020 was an interesting and unusual year. Here are some suggestion to help you help your child get 2021 off to the best start ever.
Setting goals is an important part of your preschool child’s early development. Making commitments teaches children how to be responsible and creating resolutions together can be a great way to start good habits from a young age.
Try sitting down with your child and talking to them about how New Year can be an exciting time for growth and change. Letting your child come up with their own ideas is an opportunity for family bonding in a fun and exciting way.
Encourage your preschooler to set some resolutions and then evaluate the options to come up with the most specific and achievable choices. Remember to keep things positive too – challenges that start with “I am going to…” are much more positive than saying “I am going to stop…”
Here are a few ideas that are perfect for preschool children to help you get started. Remember to always do what works for your family.
I am going to eat more healthy foods.
To help your child along, limit any junk food that comes in your house and try to introduce at least two fruits or vegetables into every meal. Making better food choices is an important lesson for preschool children to learn. Snacks are not only a way to stave off cravings between meals but a means of introducing your child to new textures and tastes. Some examples would be rainbow fruit kebabs, cucumber sandwiches with cheese or meat filling, healthy smoothies (blueberries, pomegranate juice, wheat germ, almonds, and avocado).
I will help tidy my room and brush my teeth before bed.
This could include putting away toys or picking up clothes and shoes.
I will always do my best.
Encourage your child to always give it everything they’ve got. If things don’t always work the first time, don’t worry.
I will be nice to my family and friends.
Encourage kindness and harmony at home. This is a goal that can apply to everyone in the family.
Children feel good when their parents acknowledge their accomplishments. Go over the list of resolutions a few times during the year and acknowledge the successes and talk about what resolutions still need more attention. The praise will help them develop self-regulating behaviors and improve their self-esteem. Remember a resolution is a guide, so be flexible and understanding if your child is making an effort.
The Solel Preschool will be opening enrollment for the 2021 -2022 school year the first full week of January. We offer low ratios, warm and caring teachers, exceptional enrichment programming (COVID protocol permitting), and a community for your whole family. Temple Solel members are allowed to register first and classes fill up quickly, so if you are interested, get your registration in early. Visit solelpreschool.org to register for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mary Ann Bloom
Director of Early Childhood Education
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
∙ January 1: School Closed
∙ January 4: School Resumes
∙ January 8: Laila Tov Tot Shabbat (zoom)
∙ January 11: Preschool Registration Begins!
∙ January 18: MKL Holiday (School Closed)