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New Year’s Resolutions vs Bucket List Wishes for Young Kids

When parents and caregivers think of young children and resolutions, we include things that are important, like play, exercise, nature, and healthy foods. There is so much learning and development that has to happen in the early years and what children see, hear, and do now will impact them for a lifetime.

new year's resolutions for kidsBut the word resolution does not have a positive reputation. It implies something that we have to do, whether we like it or not, interfering with being spontaneous. It will be ‘good’ for us and probably hard too. Who wants a list of resolutions? No wonder resolutions are impossible to keep, even if they come with benefits.

bucket list for young kidsOn the other hand, a bucket list has a very different image, with places we want to visit, adventures we’d like to have, dreams, and wishes. There will be excitement, exploring, and amazing discoveries. Quite a difference between the two and the choice seems pretty obvious. I know which one I’d rather make and you would probably prefer the same one too. For kids, we know we want their days to have numerous play activities. Is there a place for resolutions?

early learning and developmentMany resolutions can certainly be part of play, such as learning to be kind, connecting with nature, and getting lots of exercise. Resolutions can also be goals, such as saving money for an adventure on the wish list. Other resolutions are part of development, like daily chores and having a routine. Children also need to have opportunities to make healthy food choices and get optimum sleep.

When it comes to resolutions and bucket lists, kids and grownups need both. They are like two ends of a teeter-totter, and together they give some balance. A teeter-totter that doesn’t move is not very much fun. It needs to go up and down. There’s a whole new year ahead and who knows what it will bring. What are some resolutions for your kids and family? What are some of the wishes and dreams on the bucket list?

Children Have a Need and Hunger to Explore

As parents and caregivers, we are also responsible for the raising of children’s minds. The ancient philosopher Plutarch said: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” It might be that we had enough fire on the weekend–the wood got damp and the fire smoked more than burned,Continue Reading

What Makes Summer Magical for Kids? Camping Outside

This holiday weekend will be the first camping trip of the summer for many families, and for kids, another adventure in the great outdoors. Nature is one giant playground and kids get to spend from early morning until late evening outside having fun. Did you know that some amazing early learning and development comes withContinue Reading

FUN is a Key Element in Sports for Kids and Pros

When Brazil welcomed the world to watch the soccer matches of the World Cup, enthusiasm for the sport of soccer spread far and wide. Although young children are excited to play, how long will that last? Unfortunately, for many children not long enough. Just recently, an article has been circulating called “The real reason whyContinue Reading

Soccer, Soccer: Read All About It and Score!

Instead of paragraphs of reasons about why it’s so important to read to kids for early learning and brain development, here is a graphic ↓↓ that tells a few in just a quick glance. You can use all the excitement about soccer and find some some stories to share with kids of all ages.There areContinue Reading

Drawing Soccer & Elsa Helps Learning

At our house, the match isn’t between 2 countries, it’s between soccer and Elsa. What’s happening at your house? Good thing it’s possible to have fun with both. With an inside day weather-wise, it was time to get out the crayons and markers for some drawing play. Did you know that drawing is a powerfulContinue Reading

Soccer Helps Kids Prepare for School

No athlete would simply arrive at a game one day and expect to play; there’s a lot that happens long before. Somehow though, we expect kids to just arrive at school one day and be able to do their best. Just like the athletes, preparation can help kids get ready for school. Many professional athletesContinue Reading

Young Children and Rough and Tumble, Big Body Play

Not as controversial as weapons play, big body or rough and tumble play is often discouraged by parents, especially in the house. The wrestling, jumping, chasing, tumbling, racing, rolling and other play can get pretty loud even in a big place. But, little bodies seem to play like this naturally and it’s part of earlyContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Egg Hunt

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go; we’ll look for eggs to fill our pails, and then we’ll eat them all. The rhyme may not work, but the description is more accurate. An Easter egg hunt for kids includes all the senses and is more than fun. As a sensory activity, andContinue Reading

Lego Play and Children’s Stories for Early Learning

One of the most powerful activities that we can do with young children to help them with early learning, kindergarten readiness, and important thinking skills, is to read and and talk with them. Did you know that when we talk and read to kids their brains develop 700 new neural connections every second? It wouldContinue Reading

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