2013 is here! It’s a time for new beginnings and new adventures. Young infants grow into toddlers and toddlers prepare to head off to nursery or reception class at their local primary school. Families are now preparing for the new year ahead by removing the Christmas decorations and finding homes for all the new toys that were generously given to children from friends and family, and Father Christmas of course.
This is also the time of year when resolutions are made. There are several resolutions made by parents each year, often revolving around the children and family. Here are a couple of the most common ones, perhaps they made it onto your list:
Spend More Time with the Children
Life is often hectic and the daily routine can make it difficult to find time to sit together and play games or visit the park. There are lots of distractions around us too such as the tempting television and the procrastinators dream known as the Internet. After a long day at work you may want to do nothing more than watch some television with your youngster, even if it is catching up on the latest episode of Chloe’s Closet. Giving children your undivided attention for a set amount of time each day benefits everyone. You can build a close bond and help to boost your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence which is why this resolution is such a great one to make.
Reading with Children
The activity of reading a story before bedtime is a great time to spend some precious time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is beneficial for your child as it helps them to learn to recognise letters and words, even from a very early age. Reading sparks imaginations, teaches and is entertaining. Spending just thirty minutes reading each night before bed is therefore a brilliant resolution and one worth keeping. Reading can also be a playtime activity so remember to bring some books down for the toy box or living room shelves too.
Many resolutions are broken, but thankfully these are often the ones that are not so fun for the family. The team at Golden Bear hope you all had a wonderful holiday together and wish you a happy and fun 2013. Good luck with keeping your New Year's Eve resolutions!
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