Family Goal-Setting

January brings a kaleidoscope of feelings. Cue the post-holiday January blues–a lingering sadness, or a feeling of “being down” for no particular reason. But, in spite of the long, dark and cold winter days, there is also a spark of excitement as we turn a new chapter. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” (L. M. Montgomery) It is the perfect time to set some goals! The staff at Sonnet Montessori are embarking on a “January Journey” to do just that, and we invite you and your family to join us!

As we were challenged in our directors meeting, it begins with reflection. Reflection brings clarity to goal setting.  Over the last year, what were some of your favorite memories? Are there things that you want to keep doing? Are there habits you want to break? How can you parent with more intentionality? What, if anything, got in the way of your parenting values? How can you form stronger connections with your loved ones? How can you contribute to a positive, nurturing environment in your home? How do you encourage healthy habits in your children? How can you help foster a healthy self-image in your children? How do my children feel loved? What do they enjoy doing most as a family? What were some of their favorite memories over the last year? Where do they need to feel more supported and how do I do that?

After you’ve spent some time reflecting, get a pen and paper and start brainstorming your family goals! You can set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals.

To get you started, we’ve taken some of the top resolutions that people set and have included some suggestions as to how to integrate them into your family life.

preschool girl learning to write
infant preschoolers enjoying a walk
Infant Community friends enjoying a walk on a warm December day!

1. Be active.

Physical activity improves cardiorespiratory fitness, builds strong bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduces the risk of certain health conditions, per the CDC! 

  • Get outdoors three times a week – sledding, skating, skiing, winter hiking, or just a walk around the neighborhood. The fresh air and sunshine are mood-boosters!
  • Plan a fun cardio activity for the days you’re indoors – like “Just Dance” or “Zumba”
  • Visit open gym or swim at a local health club, “Ninja Gym” or other sports dome or gymnasium
  • Visit a new state park every month
  • Participate in a family 5K
  • Participate in an outdoor challenge, like the 1,000 hours outdoors challenge

2. Build your village.

Stable, healthy friendships are crucial for our well-being and longevity. The APA (American Psychological Association) says that people who have friends and close confidants are most satisfied with their lives and less likely to suffer from depression. There are also physical benefits, being less susceptible to things such as heart problems and chronic disease. (Source.)  Not only that, but it takes a village to raise a child!

  • Plan a play date once a week
  • Invite family or friends over once a month
  • Drop off a meal for a friend
  • Exchange babysitting services with friends so you both can get a night off
  • Write a card or draw a picture for a family member or friend


3. Learn together.

“During childhood people develop a foundation for lifelong learning…family members play a vital role in helping children develop a joy for learning, and an understanding that learning is a process, something that all children and adults do, all their lives.” J.H. Falk & L.D. Dierking

  • Read aloud books as a family – make it a goal to read through 12 or even 24 books together in the new year! Audio books are a great resource for this, and even young children can absorb the vocabulary and story line.
  • Watch an educational show together – a documentary about animals is often a good choice for young children!
  • Learn a new skill together – frosting cupcakes, playing chess or a new board game, painting or doodling, yoga, geocaching, sourdough breadmaking, exploring family history
  • Learn a new language as a family!
  • Take a family field trip once a month (art museums, history museums, etc)
students playing with world flags
Students exploring the flags of the world together
toddler learning to clean at preschool
Toddler Community student enjoys dusting the shelves

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