Reflect and Intend

Playful Learning: Reflect and Intend


2016 has been quite a year… As it all comes to a close, there is so much to reflect on and important intentions to set.

When this time of year rolls around, I am always eager to find a way to connect as a family and ground ourselves before moving into the adventures that await in 2017.

With this in mind, we’ve created two lovely lessons to help facilitate this process.

Our Year-End Reflections lesson is an invitation to record our life events, both big and small. From important life lessons and beloved memories, down to our favorite foods and latest lingo—these are all important features of the year that or worthy of documenting. I always find it inspiring to look back at even the hardest of times, to come up with the life lessons that were learned through each experience. Many times these lessons inspire a new sense of commitment to taking action in the coming year.

This leads us to creating SMART Intentions. The more specific we can be the better, which is why we created this easy roadmap for setting intentions that can be realized. The first step is taking your big-picture dreams and breaking them down into actionable steps—one intention at a time. It’s the small accomplishments that create a sense of well-being for children and grown-ups alike.

Once you’ve shared this experience with your family, save everything until next year, so you can reflect on your growth and celebrate your accomplishments!

This year, I am going to create a Reflect and Intend file to keep everything close at hand for each new year. Now that the the girls are 12 and 14 these conversations are taking on new importance! Our daughters are great at keeping us on track with our newly set intentions. Parenting tweens and teens is all about walking the talk ;-).

May 2017 be filled with love, unity, truth, inspiration, and innovation…

Happy New Year!




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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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