The best is yet to come: Happy New Year!

And just like that, another year comes to an end! The New Year holiday is upon us, and we are ready to celebrate in style. We get together with our loved ones to share delicious food, drink champagne and toast the new year. We wear our finest clothes, don party hats, throw confetti, embrace the glitter and sparkle, marvel at the fireworks. We count our blessings and perform our unique own traditions meant to bring us luck and success in the new year.

We look at our kids and wonder at how much they have grown, at what a difference one year makes. Where we used to worry about the loud party revellers waking our baby up, now we focus on keeping the silverware out of our toddler's reach. We can't believe the sweet girl in the party dress and shiny shoes is the same one who crawled around us in her onesies last December. And who is this young gentleman with the button down shirt and jacket? He was wearing shorts and socks like yesterday...

It is a joyful occasion, but as we are surrounded by remembrance of the passing year on radio, television, newspapers and social media, it also tends to become a time of reflection. We might feel it is a good opportunity to learn from the prior year and to make positive changes looking ahead to the future.

It means of course that this is the time to make our regular annual good resolutions. It is tempting to consider the fresh start of a new year a clean slate and to make a list of all the things we would like to change, improve or get rid of.


We could even include the children, after all you are never too young to make New Year's resolutions. We should ask the kids to write down their favorite parts of the past year and what they hope to accomplish in the new one, and we could look at the pages together next New Year's Eve. That would definitely be an interesting conversation, don't you think?

But as the old grace goes, may all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters, so be thankful you have lived yet another year and write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said.

As we make our list of potential resolutions, be it health, diet, exercise or lifestyle, let's put this one on top of our list: do more of what makes you happy!

Maybe this year we could also introduce a new tradition: the 2017 Happy Box. Get an empty box and start filling it with notes every time something good happens. Then next New Year's Eve read them all and remember what a great year 2017 was, resolutions notwithstanding.

From all of us at Amaia Kids, cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!

Happy 2017. May it be your best ever!

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