A Year in Review for Families

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It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the current year and usher in a new one.

It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the change:

  • What did I love about 2019?
  • What am I looking forward to in 2020?
  • Who am I now?
  • Who do I hope to be?

It’s exciting. A clean slate is in front of us and we are ready to write.


Looking Back

The end of one year and the beginning of another can be used as a time to reflect and look ahead.

It is a time of wonder, planning, and dreaming.  Everything feels like it gets a fresh start.

I love to take my children with me as we reflect on last year and dream about next year. To help them evaluate and plan, I print out a single page, “A Year in Review”, for them to complete.

We begin with a snapshot of who they are right now as they record a few of their favorite things.

Then we look back. We sit around the table together, sharing memories of the previous year. I love listening to what they remember most.

These conversations about our previous year do my heart good. Sometimes I can be hard on myself, but as I listen to my kids’ laughter and discussion, I am reminded of the many good memories that they will take with them.

Writing Goals

Next, we set goals and declare our dreams for the year to come. I love listening to their dreams. After all, I am still part of making them happen while they are still young.

I store our goals in a file folder and I try to remember to bring it out mid-year. I don’t always remember, but they are there to revisit anytime. In fact, it is always fun to read our goals and memories from the previous years.

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Have a great time connecting with your kids as the year ends.




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3 thoughts on “A Year in Review for Families”

  1. Love this, thanks! It helped me decide that every once in a while we need to reach outside our own comfort zone to create magical memories for our children.

    On a related note, thanks, also, for your review of the Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m planning a surprise trip for my children in the spring. I created a Harry Potter advent calendar from a big Hogwarts Lego set, then they gave the rest of the set and the Beaux Batons carriage Lego set as their main Christmas gifts. We’re doing a little HP-type gameschooling for the next few months for math, chemistry, botany and writing, then the surprise trip in early spring as their birthday gifts. (Thanks MyLittlePoppies.com [no, I don’t know her personally] for sharing how helpful gameschooling can be!)

    Thanks for writing and sharing!

    1. Ooops, should have reread it for typos before hitting Submit. It should say “then gave the rest of the set”…

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