2021 was a challenging year for parenting. (So was 2020, come to think of it.) There is now doubt that pandemic life has left us all a bit exhausted, uninspired and device-addicted. Which sounds like a very negative introduction to an article! So, let’s go somewhere more hopeful, because there is still hope – lots of it!
As families, we’ve faced unprecedented challenges, but we’ve drawn on resilience, creativity and problem solving we probably didn’t even realise we had. And we take all that great resilience and character development into the new year.
But how do we make the most of this moment – a new calendar, new routines, new expectations? How do we get out of any sticky ruts we might have found ourselves in? This is a perfect time for a family reset. A family reset is worth considering at this time of year because identifying what you want to change or leave behind works along the same lines as this whakataukī (proverb) –
Ka mua, ka muri –To look forward we have to look back (walking backwards into the future)