Gym more. Spend less. Read to the kids every night.
Every time a new year rolls around, we suddenly make sweeping commitments to health, wealth and perfect parenting. We vow to choose kale over chocolate, to save our pennies, and we promise to get through a stack of books with the kids. We’re relentlessly virtuous… until around January 24th when most of us start to cave. We hit snooze instead of hitting the gym, we fall asleep on the sofa before storytime, and suddenly we feel like losers before the end of the month.
So instead of setting ourselves up for perceived failure, we’re choosing to say yes to positivity. We’re ditching resolutions this year and going for rememberlutions instead!
Cherish the Little Moments
Rememberlutions are highlights of accomplishments, events, or any special memories of the year that otherwise would be forgotten. Don’t wait for something “big” to happen. Notice small wins. Get excited about them. The idea is to acknowledge happy moments as and when they come.
Your Rememberlutions Jar
Making your own rememberlutions jar is as easy as getting a jar, making it your own, and then adding slips of memories every so often. We made some with our own kiddos using basic jars and a whole lot of craft supplies (most kids will agree — googly eyes make everything better!). You can keep your jar simple or slather it in pom-poms. The important thing is that it’s yours.
3 Easy Steps – Fun for Both Kids and Adults!
- Get a jar. (you can blame us for gobbling up the last of the jam)
- Give the jar a personal touch. Kitschy charm, minimalist chic, or whatever makes you smile.
- Over the course of the year, write down stuff that makes you proud or happy, and put it in the jar.
At the end of the year, empty the jar and read all of the special things that happened! Sort of like a gratitude journal, but in a jar. It’s a great way to get kids into the habit of paying attention to good moments. Maybe your little one tied their shoes successfully. Or got a new pet gecko and named him Gucci. Recognise these occasions by helping your kids to write them down and pop them into the jar. We think this is a lovely tradition to start with your family, to boost resilience and positivity.
We wish you a Happy New Year, and we hope you’ll have fun celebrating all the awesomeness to come!