Sheryl Isaacs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in Scotts Valley seeing clients in private practice.
Sheryl has worked with families and children that have experienced a wide range of issues including: anxiety, trauma, depression, autism, ADHD, developmental issues, behavioral issues, divorce,
bulimia, grief, communication and self esteem issues.
She provides parental coaching, child therapy, sibling counseling, family therapy, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.
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New Year's Eve is usually a time of reflection. It can weigh heavily on those of us that seem to have a perfectionistic bone. As we survey the year, we can tend to beat ourselves up thinking that we didn't accomplish all that we should have. Somehow we believe that in the midst of our crazy lives that we should have done more. This is a pretty common occurrence.
How can we stop the New Year madness?
We need to take a realistic view of our lives for the past year. Here are ten questions that can help you take a realistic inventory of the past year.
Ten Questions to Evaluate and Move Forward in the New Year
1. What challenges did we face?
2. What things occurred that were out of our control?
3. What did we accomplish?
4. What would we have liked to have done differently?
5. What were last year's high points and triumphs?
6. How did we manage to get through the lows?
7. What goals did we reach?
8. How were we at utilizing self-care?
9. Were we able to meet our basic needs: food, water, sleep, and connection?
10. What would we say to someone else that faced the same challenges in their past year?
Being able to answer these questions as you reflect will help you look at the bigger picture of the past year. Taking a step back and reviewing the year will help you get a balanced view.
Setting Goals that are Attainable
I find it more helpful to think of resolutions as goals that I want to move towards in the new year. Be sure that any goals you set are attainable. It is better to think in terms of "baby steps" and then adjust your goals as you are successful.
Below are some free printable to help your children learn to reflect on the past year and set appropriate goals.
Looking forward to a wonderful new year, learning from the past and moving forward! :)
Free printable to share you Favorite Moments with your family.
Free Family Goal Sheet to do with your Children