Quite honestly, I rarely make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve. I’m not fascinated by watching the ball drop on TV, and I can’t stand the thought of being out with a bunch of drunkards. My son, however, is a night owl and I think he would enjoy New Year’s Eve. He’s too young to go clubbing, but not too young to throw himself into some fun New Year’s Eve activities with mommy.
New Year’s Resolutions
Your child may be a bit too young to understand the idea of a resolution, but she can understand goals. “What things would you like to accomplish this year? Would you like to learn to ride your bike, turn 7, go on vacation, etc.?”
Allow your child to write or draw his resolutions. You can also create resolution boards out of magazine cut-outs.
Talk About the Steps Required to Grow the Dream
1. Do you want to go to Disneyland? Mommy will make that happen if you get straight-As all year.
2. You can earn money toward your toy of choice by doing specific chores.
3. If you practice everyday, you can increase your chance of making Varsity this year.
Bury Resolutions So They Can Grow
Burying your resolutions is equivalent to burying a seed, you bury it in the ground so it can grow! This is a fun way to visualize sowing the seeds for success.
Close-Off the Year With a Time Capsules
In addition to resolutions, you can also bury a time capsule of events from the past year. If the idea of burying a capsule seems antiquated, you can create a digital one via thumb drive or blog.
Create Your Own Ball
Remove the lights from the Christmas tree and wrap them around one of your child’s balls. Hang the ball in your living room, when the clock strikes 12:01 am, drop it just like on TV.
Here’s a ball made from chicken-wire from The Chicken Chick: