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New Year Rituals

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My new year always begins in Septem­ber. I find I am more likely to set personal and profes­sional goals at this time each year. I enjoy rituals and find the school year is a good time to estab­lish them. At the end of August, I make plans for health­ier, more eco-friendly lunches, and announce to my kids that the car rides to and from school will be device-free. My high school aged chil­dren are still subject to the first day of school photo. When they were little we prac­ticed their spelling words on the way to school in the morning. Now we listen to (mostly hip hop) music, talk about the week, and share insights gleaned from teach­ers and friends. While back to school shop­ping is common, I prefer to dig through our school supplies from the previ­ous year and repur­pose note­books, binders, paper, and pens and try to avoid a Target run. One friend I know takes his chil­dren out to the same restau­rant for break­fast every Wednes­day morning. I look forward to Insta­gram posts of his chil­dren rolling their eyes over eggs and French toast. We have a staff member who enjoys donut day with his chil­dren on Thurs­day morn­ings. Some parents write their chil­dren a letter the night before each school year begins. Heidi observed a parent and child in the preschool engaged in a sweet goodbye ritual – a kiss, a hug, a high five and an adiós!” It is not too late. We are only one week into the school year. What is your new ritual?

Written by Jennifer Dakan
Admis­sions Director