Do you feel that New Year’s resolutions are more for grown-ups than for kids? It seems that so many New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on issues involving our weight, exercise (or current lack thereof), reducing stress, or becoming more organized. It just feels more like an adult endeavor of self-reflection and goal-setting than something my kids should be interested in doing. So at our house, we have come with up with a different way of recognizing the start of a New Year with our children. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions- we make New Year’s predictions! (This post is part of our collection of fun party games for kids!)
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How We Gather Our New Year's Predictions
During dinner on New Year’s Day, we go around the table, and everyone is asked to come up with as many predictions as they can think of for the new year.
Some of them may involve things that the kids would like to or think that they can achieve- such as “I will learn to skateboard on a half-pipe” or “I will score three goals in a soccer game this year” or “I will learn to edit a movie on my phone.” And some are more aspirational, such as “I predict that we will get a new pet”, or “I predict that I will we go on a trip to somewhere warm”.
I am the note-taker at these meetings, and I write down all of our New Year’s predictions and then place them into a sealed envelope – which gets put away until New Year’s Day next year. The fun part is opening the envelope from the prior year, and reading what each person predicted and laughing about whether or not their prediction came true!
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Looking for Some More Great Ideas to Welcome in the New Year?
- New Year's Eve “Would You Rather?” Game (free printable that is perfect for families!)
- Reflect on the year gone by with this printable Gratitude List
- Use this Goal Setting Worksheet to get very specific about setting goals for the new year and making a plan to achieve them
- Check in with progress using this daily and weekly goals tracker
What do you predict will happen to you or to your family this year?