We set aside a day at the beginning of each year to create individual “vision boards” and a Family Bucket List for the new year. We make a fun day of it at home with favorite music, lots of colors and stickers, and plenty of yummy snacks. Even at 4, 8, 8, and 10 years of age, our girls really get excited about this tradition.
When my first daughter was a new baby, I made the decision to leave classroom teaching to stay at home and raise her. I loved my work and my students, but I had always looked forward to raising children and “being a mom.” My husband was totally supportive of my desire to be home, and we pinched every penny to make ends meet on his teacher’s salary.