So far as I know, none of us owns a fully-functioning crystal with which to look into our future. Even so, the grocery store tabloids are screaming with front-page predictions about almost everyone and nearly everything that could possibly happen in 2012. While I don't encourage children to read the tabloids, it is sometimes fun to use a New Year's Eve to both teach about the untrustworthiness of tabloid journalism [for older kids] and create some family entertainment for this new year AND the next new year's eve. Here is how it works...........
--Explain about predictions if your children are young. If they are older maybe grab a typical tabloid to show the range and sometimes silliness of predictions.
--Ask each member of the family to make some predictions for the New Year 2012 and then sign their name to their list. [Help younger kids by acting as their secretary.]
+++ include possible accomplishments, activities, and some silly things for fun too!
-- Explain that you will save these lists until next New Year's Eve when you will reopen them and see if anyone got some predictions right! [Maybe stick in a $10 bill for the person who has the most predictions correct??]
--Make a family ceremony of sealing the predictions in an envelope and marking it "Do NOT open until December 31, 2011" before placing it in a location for safe-keeping. Mark your calendar [paper or digital] to remind you a few days before next New Year's Eve to dig out the envelope and place it in full view, ready for the grand reveal!
Note: Maybe even save those tabloid predictions to see who does better?
I am a lifelong educator, writer and author, a foster, bio, and adoptive parent, happy mom of five daughters, Grandma to six, Nana to four, and church and theater musician. Oh yes, and all-round optimistic, crazy lady.