A few days ago on New Years Eve, my oldest daughter asked to stay up until midnight for the first time ever. She usually goes to bed by 8:30 pm, but this year she wanted to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV. We told her if she could stay awake until midnight, then it would be fine for her to hang out with mommy and daddy and watch movies on Netflix.
While it’s great she loves the celebratory aspect of the moment when one year turns into another, I knew she really didn’t understand the meaning behind New Years – that it wasn’t just about confetti, partying, and staying up late. So for my guest post on a fellow blogger’s site, All Done Monkey, I decided to write about tips to teach kids about New Years. These are tips that I have implemented with my own daughter, and it gave her a deeper understanding of the holiday.
I looked at five aspects for this special day: Time (calendar year), Reflective (learning from the past year), Scientific (solar system), Goals (New Years resolutions), and Multicultural (New Years in other cultures).
And in case you’re wondering, my daughter did stay awake until midnight. She was so happy she made it, then promptly went to bed.
Happy New Year from our family to yours!