Happy New Year! I hope you were able to find some joy during the holidays, and enjoy those precious, small moments with your children. Our family took a much needed break away from screens, and we were able to enjoy many outdoor walks.
After saying goodbye to such a difficult year, you may be wondering where you will find the strength or patience to continue parenting in 2021 with all the challenges that this pandemic continues to bring. The struggle continues to be real.
In that wondering, you may be tempted to set up New Year’s resolutions—trying to eat healthier, exercise more, yell less, reduce social media consumption or finally finish that project. My friend and colleague Josh Freedman, CEO of Six Seconds, says that “most New Year’s Resolutions get the emotional motivation wrong because they are driven by fear and failure“, so they fail. We start, and we miserably fail.
If you are setting up New Year’s resolutions, I would recommend you read this article. Josh describes the neuroscience behind change, and provides 3 questions to help you understand your internal drivers, so you can set yourself up for success.
May we have a healthier, safer and more equitable year.
Anti-Racist Parenting Resource
I am reading The Racial Healing Handbook by Dr. Anneliese A. Singh with other parents from my daughters’ elementary school. We’ll be meeting once a month to discuss the book and equip ourselves with the tools to discuss racism with our children, and act to dismantle it. If you are interested in doing something similar at your children’s school, get in touch.