The year 2020 is finally in the rear-view mirror. There’s still a pandemic, and there’s still a lot of turmoil in our world, but somehow we need to find hope in the new year. 2021 will be better. We need to believe that.
Somehow, it seems more difficult this year to think about New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all just been hanging on – trying to survive. That seems enough for this year. Survive the present, look to the future, believe things will get better – and don’t try to challenge yourself too much.
But it is a new year, after all, and that brings with it not just hope for a better year, but a challenge to make it a better year.
We’ve offered some New Year’s resolutions, or thoughts, each year since College Parent Central began. So this year, I’ve gone back to reread them, which was an interesting reflective exercise on its own. (Click on the year’s date if you’d like to see the full list for some extra inspiration.) But I’ve selected just one resolution from each year to share here. The choice wasn’t always easy, but I tried to pull one thing that seems relevant to where we are today.
Take these as a start for your own reflections. You may be inspired to make some resolutions of your own, or you may just opt for survival this year. But I hope these provide a way for you to think about your college student (or almost college student) and about your parenting role in the new year.
Happy, Healthy, Safe New Year!