A Year in Review for Families

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 2017?
  • What am I looking forward to in 2018?
  • 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 December is a time to reflect on the previous twelve months and look ahead to the next twelve.

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.

It begins 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 for us to read our goals from the previous years.

Give It A Try

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In addition to “A Year in Review”, you’ll find conversations starters you can use with your kids for December.

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





Mary Wilson

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find her encouragement and tips on this blog, Mary Hanna Wilson.

She is an enneagram 7 and an extrovert. She enjoys traveling, tea (iced or hot), good conversations, and books. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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