Happy New Year!
Celebrating with Kids!
In a couple of days, we will be saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. However with kids, many parents have traded in their dancing shoes for slippers and early bedtime. Finding a babysitter also adds to the challenge of attending an adult party. But New Years represents a time of new beginnings. So let’s celebrate these new beginnings with our kids teaching them that starting a new adventure with our family by our side is the foundation for success no matter what the outcome! Below are tips to ring in the New Year with kids at home:
- Take a nap. If possible, ADULTS take a nap, so when the kids go to bed, adult New Years can begin. A twenty minute power nap can do wonders!
- Make dinner simple so the focus can be on the party that follows.
- Make resolutions. At dinner, explain to your kids what a resolution is: a change you want. Give them some example, such as: making sure I brush my teeth morning and night, I sleep in my bed all night, I get better grades, etc. Let your kids make a resolution for themselves and then one that you want for them. Make the resolutions age appropriate and easy to accomplish. Also place a time limit on them, so kids feel that they actually created a goal and accomplished it. For example, I will brush my teeth this whole week without being asked morning and night. Small goals lead to established patterns and positive habits. Lofty goals always lead to disappointment and a sense of failure. Check out this Printable New Year’s Resolution.
- Dress up! It is a New Years party after all! Trade in the yoga pants for a skirt and blouse, jeans for slacks, t-shirts for polos.
- For the PARTY!:
- The Drink: Plan one special drink for the kids and adults. Make the drink versatile so it can be served non-alcholoic or with alcohol for the adults. To add a little flair, get some dry ice from your local grocer. Place in drink and watch eyes light up. Make sure the dry ice is completely dissolved prior to drinking (very important)! Here are three fun Kid-Friendly New Year drinks.
- The Food: Popcorn (butter, caramel, a mix of cheddar and caramel, or any fun recipe you and your kids make) and dessert (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or whatever your family desires). Pick a few of these Creative Homemade Popcorn Recipes.
- The Atmosphere: Light some candles and turn up your family’s favorite music. Have a dance party! Make sure to get a New Year’s Party kit so each member has a hat, squawkers, horns, etc.
- Pick a time to conduct the count down. Let’s face it, the 3, 6, and 8 year old won’t make it to midnight. And if they do, they will be a cranky and what fun is that. Make it a little past their bedtime so they feel they actually stayed up. YouTube or Google any countdown video to add to the atmosphere.
- After the kids have gone to bed, hopefully the nap was a success and you can now enjoy an adult drink ringing in the New Year at midnight!
Happy New Year!