Family Time Calendar: Get Relaxed - iVillage

It's one of those funny in-between days -- the old year not quite gone, the new one not here yet. The radio stations, done with their holiday songs, are playing the greatest hits from the year about to end. In just two days, you'll be making new resolutions and celebrating what we all hope to be an auspicious start to 2006. Tomorrow, likely as not, you'll be celebrating the close of 2005. But what about today? Gather up the kids (and significant other, if you both have off) and head to a park for a winter's afternoon walk. If you're near the seaside, you might even strike out for the beach -- December days, when many of us eschew the beach, can be strikingly beautiful at the shore.

Be sure to dress yourselves and the kids appropriately. Warm socks, hats and gloves are key if you're in a cold-weather area -- but don't go heavier on the coats than you would if you were hitting the ice rink or cross-country ski trails.

On your stroll, take the time to ask your kids what was important to them during this year and what they're hoping will happen or are excited about in the new year. Or allow yourself to walk in silence (or as much silence as being with the kids allows) and reflect on how much they've grown and how you and your partner have changed and developed as parents and individuals. Lest it all get too solemn, it's perfectly fine to be the one who starts the snowball fight.

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