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College Park Patch: Forget Resolutions! Make Time for Reflection

This article was originally published on the College Park Patch. 

Many people make lists of things they will change or let go of in the New Year, resolutions as they are aptly called. I like to take a moment of reflection in the beginning of the New Year with my family — a time to reflect on the year as a whole, think of the exciting places we've been, the experiences we've had, the great movies we've seen. 
This year I stumbled across this wonderful blog,Run Lucas Run, in which the author created exactly what I was looking for: a list of questions that captures who my children are right now. My plan is to do this each year, seal them in an envelope and open them a year later.
The questions are quite simple:
My name is:
My favorite food:
I love to play:
My favorite singing + dancing song:
A place I’d like to visit:
My favorite story-time book:
My favorite treat:
My best friend is:
I love the color: 
One Friday night, we sat around the dining room table after dinner and completed the questions. Both boys were living in the moment, as children tend to be. The answers to the questions typically were the things they like to do right now, books they are currently reading, etc.

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