Welcome the New Year with promise and hope

1 Jan

Welcome to the new year! The New Year holds so much promise for parents like us.  We get a chance to think about our past year’s mistakes (of course we had some) and our accomplishments (plentiful) and work to ensure a brighter future.  It’s a peaceful time of year when the Earth is cloaked in promise.

new year celebration with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad


New Year

New Year’s Day has a hard act to follow.  Who wants to follow Christmas in the holiday department?  While it’s true that the start of a new year won’t get the kid’s vote, for helicopter parents, it’s become a very important holiday.  It’s a chance to learn from our experiences and attempt to do better this year.

I have always enjoyed that feeling of freshness that occurs with the start of things.  Births, weddings, first day of school and a new year are all reasons to celebrate.  Not only do these occasions give you license to forecast your dreams for the future, but they offer forgiveness for what’s already happened.  With the first day of the New Year, life as you knew it is over and your fresh slate awaits.

Like most helicopter parents, we enjoy the long weekend away from work and spend it enjoying our family.  Now that our daughter is older, she understands the significance behind the typical resolution.  One of my greatest joys is hearing what she wants for herself in the coming year.  Where before it was a new pet, now her wishes have morphed into greater meaning, such as being kind and showing love to others.

New Year’s Resolutions

As we discuss our resolutions for the New Year, inevitably weight loss and health issues will creep on to my list.  Those final few pounds have haunted me for so long.  We giggle as I draw a stick figure of my current self and of the new improved mom that’s yet to emerge.  My husband tells me how beautiful I have always been and my child pragmatically asks, “Why didn’t you reach your goal?”

Great question; I casually brush it aside and mention that today is for thinking ahead, not worrying about the past, and she eyes me quizzically. “Why don’t they have an Old Year’s Day?”  Out of the mouth of babes. We all agree that to truly enjoy the blessings that are sure to come our way we need to think about what happened in the year that just ended.  We decide to hold the first annual Old Year’s Day ritual.

The only rule…you can’t talk about the future until you have discussed the past twelve months and what you would do differently.  Sounds simple; it’s not and it takes a great deal of introspection.

Did I tithe enough to my church?  Did I handle my anger appropriately?  Am I certain my daughter and husband know how very important they are to me?  Was I a good friend, daughter and sister?

Take a moment to think back over the last year and ponder whether you were infinitely happy with the results.  If not, you can recommit to those items that fell by the wayside.  If so, congratulations on your success.  As the last light of firework dims in the sky, you may rest easy knowing that the New Year brings new promise to you and yours.

What do you need to resolve from last year?  What have you planned for this year?

Happy Old Year!  Happy New Year!


Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

11 Responses to “Welcome the New Year with promise and hope”

  1. Beck January 11, 2016 at 4:47 PM #

    I haven made any resolutions yet but there are a few goals leftover from last year that I Am hoping to finish this year. it’s definitely helpful to look at last years resolutions before setting any for this year!

  2. Sharisse January 10, 2016 at 1:29 AM #

    I love the end-of-year holidays, especially Christmas, but I do feel a giant weight lifted off my shoulders when the new year comes around and the hustle and bustle of the holidays ends. The fresh slate is refreshing. But it is important to reflect back on the previous year as you mentioned so that you can work on improving in areas that need it. Great advice!
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  3. Seana Turner January 5, 2015 at 7:43 AM #

    I’ve certainly always got areas of my behavior that I’d like to modify. For me, resolutions are mostly about writing down – and being held accountable – for some particular tasks. But you are right, a new year is a promise, and it can be fun to realize that change is possible!

  4. Kirsten January 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

    I have a goal to be more organized this year. Hopefully I can stick with it!
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  5. Alexa January 1, 2015 at 9:38 AM #

    I don’t think I made any resolutions last year. Maybe to survive. I’m still working on my goals for 2915, but I think this year is going to be epic! 🙂
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  6. PrairieHeels January 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM #

    I think this is a great post. For me the New Year is about reflecting on the old and thinking of real ways I can do better as a woman, wife, and mother for the next 12 months. It does help to share your goals with others, no one keeps me on task better than my kids!

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad January 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM #

      Thanks! I do the same thing as you because I want to be the best wife and mom too. And as women, I think we tend to think about our past and future more. I appreciate you visiting our site.
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  7. Lisa January 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM #

    I think that’s a great strategy – to review the goals we set last year before making new ones. And, those extra pounds are on my list every year, too! 🙂
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  8. wegotkidz January 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    I was so ready to leave 2013 behind. Very tough year. This year I’m looking forward to “movin’ on up” like the Jefferson’s. lol! Happy New Year friend!!! Much luv to you and your family 🙂