The New Year is well underway! Many of us made resolutions with all good intentions, but have already given up on some of them. This year, why not try something new? Consider preparing a gratitude list for the many gifts you already have. We should all be grateful and appreciate the good things in our lives, and remember that we are enough, and that we were born with enough of everything we need to succeed in life.

Realistic intentions to enhance the best of who we are can be as simple as deciding to make improved choices, and to maintain and/or develop strong minds and bodies for yourself and for your children. The following are suggested intentions to target healthier minds and bodies for this new year:

• Use only positive language throughout the day. Role model positive thoughts, language, and actions. Children learn through observing how the significant others in their lives think and act.

• Make every effort to provide your children with organic, pesticide and antibiotic-free foods, to ensure that they receive sufficient nutrients to support their developing minds and bodies.

• Avoid food and beverages that are heavily laden with sugar, fructose, and artificial sweeteners which erode the immune system, can become addictive, and do not support good health.

• Encourage sound and restful sleep that will enable the body to recharge itself. Avoid the use of EMF products (electrical magnetic fields), for an hour and a half before bedtime, i.e. electrical handheld devices, computers, and TV. Ensure that all electrical clocks, phones, etc., are placed at least six feet from sleeping areas.

• At bedtime, take a few minutes to reflect on the best parts of the day with your children. Experts tell us that our subconscious plays with the thoughts that we have on our minds when we fall asleep. Let’s be sure to end each day on a positive note.

• Get outdoors! Get ‘grounded’! Take time to walk around the block, visit a park, or stand by a lake, stream, or pond. Enjoy the sunshine! Notice the birds, the trees, the small animals. Planet Earth is truly a beautiful place!

• Demonstrate how to ‘make a difference’. It can be a simple act – a smile, kind words of support, or helping a neighbour, friend, or stranger. Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference in the lives of others.

• Include sufficient time to play, especially with your own child! Child’s play is good for your soul!

These suggested intentions are another way to show respect and love to both yourself and your family. Throughout 2015, remember to include a few minutes of gratitude each day to appreciate all that is good in your life. Remember to start with the foundation words that you are enough. Hug your children and tell them that they are beautiful people, inside and out, and that they were born with enough of everything to succeed in their lives. Embrace the unique individuals that they are.

Linda Sweet M.S. Ed.
Founder and Director, Glenburnie School
Pre-School to Grade 8
Providing a progressive and innovative private school education