The end of one year is also the beginning of another

We are coming to the end of 2016 and with the end of a year comes a time for reflection and resolution.

We reflect on what we’ve achieved, how we’ve grown and developed and what, perhaps, we could have done better.  When we look back we should always recognise the positive things that have happened and celebrate them rather than dwelling on the things that haven’t quite gone according to plan.

As parents, we are acutely aware of the passing of time as our little ones seem to grow up so quickly – just compare where they are today with where they were a year ago!  However, it’s important to remember that while they’re growing up they are constantly learning things that will help form them into the grown-ups they will one day be.   Life lessons begin at a very early age and the smallest things can sometimes make the biggest impact.  We need to be mindful of what our little ones are absorbing and how we can guide their learning.  At Pilgrims, we always consider ways to inspire our children’s curiosity, and by giving them the freedom to be themselves, we allow their individual characters to establish and flourish. 

Looking back at the past year at Pilgrims we’ve had a medieval banquet, a mysterious hatching egg from Warwick Castle, a recording of Christmas carols for a CD, we built a new outdoor play area and we introduced the Linda Hewitt Kindness Award – all these things will encourage creativity, consideration for others and nurture imaginations.

As we make our way through the busy Christmas period, we should try and take the time to enjoy what is going on around us and be more aware of others.  It is, after all, a time for giving. We should also share in the wonder and excitement that children feel as the anticipation builds towards Christmas Eve.

And once the celebrations are over and we begin to look ahead, we might decide to make our own New Year resolutions.  Children can also benefit from setting themselves new challenges – it’s a perfect time of year to talk to them about their goals and aspirations (age dependent!).

Sometimes we wish that time would slow down but we should also embrace what the future holds, seeing every ‘end’ as a new beginning.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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