Celebrating the New Year with our little ones

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New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and it’s time to start prepping for another celebration. How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Fellow parents, do you stay up after the kids are in bed to watch the ball drop? When my kids were little we used to celebrate New Year’s at 9pm….if you’re west coast you can get away with that! Then off to bed they go! To make them feel like they are part of the big party, creating fun activities or a little craft is the perfect thing to do. Need some ideas? Here are a couple of my favorites:

-Set up a photobooth. This is something they will love to help with and it will surely keep them busy throughout the evening. How to set up your photobooth.

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-Make holiday crackers. Another activity they can take part in and enjoy during the celebration. See the easy instructions here.

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TODAY’S PARENT | PHOTO: TARA MCMULLEN | TIFFANY PRATT

For more fun ideas, read ‘14 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids‘ on Today’s Parent. And if you are a local to Seattle, check out some fun events happening in our area! Like ‘Ring it in‘ The kids will thank you later!

And finally, let’s talk about some resolutions, or as I like to call it, goal setting… and I won’t be doing it alone – I am including the kids! It is so important for us as parents to teach our children how to set goals and the benefits of achieving those goals. How do we do that? Well, I took to some reading and spent some quiet time getting inspired on ways to put some excitement into goal-setting for the kids. It all starts with fun! 

One of my favorites is the Family Bucket List. Gather around the kitchen table with paper and markers (why not make them fun colors while you’re at it) and begin brainstorming as a family. Discuss what you would like to do, see, experience and achieve over throughout the year, make a list and hang it up somewhere everyone will see on a daily basis. This is a great way to create memories through experience and find more reasons for family bonding.

For more ideas, check out this article from Big Life Journal. It is super fun and so inspirational! 

Happy New Year, happy parents!

Kindly~Michelle

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