Forget all of those promises you made to yourself as the sun rose on the first of January in the year 2000. The treadmill may soon serve as a resting place for dirty laundry, you will find that skim milk tastes like heaven compared to soy, and you will be lucky to read this Sunday's New York Times by the time next Sunday rolls around.
Forget all of those promises that you made to yourself. But remember those all-important resolutions that you made with your child's welfare in mind.
Resolve to prioritize. Yes, there are dozens of activities vying for your child's attention. And, yes, your go-getter might want to take a crack at all of them. School, however, is a demanding first priority. Know your child and know when to say, "Enough is enough." A well-rested and non-stressed student makes the best student.
Resolve to slow yourself down. Think about the effect your frenzied pace has on your youngster, as well as on yourself. One less activity and one more quiet game of Password will do you both a world of good.
Resolve to read every day. Turn off the TV. The extra time you gain from giving up several shows a week will give you all the time you need to start that novel you've been eager to get at the library. There is no better role model for a child than a parent who reads.
Resolve to make reading a family event. Cold winter nights are ideal times to snuggle up on the couch with your kids and embark on some 'series' reading, such as Harry Potter or Anne of Green Gables. Just think about how much reading will enrich your life and bring you and your family closer together.
Resolve to bring conversation back to the dinner table. Even though it seems that there are weeks when your family does not sit down to a meal together, it's important not to lose sight of the bonding nature of shared experiences.
Pick at least one night - or day - that is purely for family. It doesn't have to be fancy; bagels and hot chocolate will do. Then, with mug in hand, talk and listen to your heart's content.
Resolve to know your child's friends. Make your home a place where your children and their friends feel comfortable. Have food, an open mind, and an open ear available. When you know your child's friends, you know your child.
Resolve to help your child's teacher. When your youngster's teacher needs a hand, be the first to volunteer. When the teacher writes a note, write back. When you have a question, pick up the phone.
There is no resolution with more meaning than parents and teachers committed to making a difference in a child's life. Show me such a partnership, and I will show you a student who excels academically, in social situations, and in life.
Finally, on behalf of all the members of the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers, I want to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.