How to Help Your Kids Get Ready for the New Year

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2016 is right around the corner. And the great thing about the new year is that it’s a fresh start for everyone, including your children. Here are a few ideas to help your kids get ready for the new year, to be ready for that fresh start.

1. Organize. Organize. Organize.

This is the time of year to decide what toys, clothes, and books to donate or to pass down to younger siblings, friends, or other relatives. Once you have all decided what to keep and what to give away, it’s time to organize what you have left. It should be much less daunting now that you have pared down your child’s belongings. Use bins, storage containers, and every hidden space, like under the bed, the back of the bedroom door, and even at the top of the closet. The more space you have for toy, clothing, and book storage, the less overwhelmed you’ll and your child will feel.

2. Keep Resolutions within Reach

Sit down with your children before the new year and ask about what they’d like to do this coming year. Would they like to try new experiences or get better at one of their favorite talents or skills? Whatever their resolutions, keep them readily accessible. You could even write them on a chalkboard wall or a whiteboard in the child’s room. Having a constant reminder of goals will make those goals easier to achieve.

3. Change Surroundings

One quick way to make a new year seem more promising is by changing your child’s surroundings. It doesn’t mean you need to move or anything like that, but a few minor changes to your child’s bedroom can make a world of difference. Children change so much in a year, and your child’s room should reflect his or her new interests and morphing personality. It can be as simple as painting the walls a favorite color or by buying new bedding, which can change the whole look of the space.

Get ready for 2016! It’s going to be a great year full of new experiences.

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