New Years Resolutions Though the Eyes of a Child

The following is by contributor Christen Babb of Nurture Baby.

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  ~Pablo Picasso

Ever miss that childhood wonder, the longing to discover the world around you,  and the desire to just “play”?  I sure do. So, in 2012, I resolve to be more like my five year old.

For many of us, 2011 was a difficult year. In all its stress and seriousness,  I for one forgot how to play.  Being a task-oriented individual, I tend to create a to do list out of the simplest goals just to see that precious check-mark at the end of the day.  Caught in the frenzy of check-marks, it’s easy to lose focus on relationships by placing greater attention on accomplishments.

This year,  I choose to simplify and relish the journey towards my goals alongside my favorite little companions.

Less doing and more being might be my hardest resolution yet, but here’s to those 2012 goals through the eyes of my five year old:


The grown up version of this goal might be interpreted as “read more”, but that sounds a bit like a chore doesn’t it? That one more thing to check off your list before going to bed each night? Not through the eyes of my five year old. She relishes new books, gets lost in their fantastical, make-believe plots, and stays up late to read them over and over…and over again. She has a voracious appetite to explore new subjects through reading that in turn builds confidence, strengthens communication, and inspires creativity. Funny, those benefits are universal and I’m hoping this grown up can reap some of them as well.


Most of us share the proverbial “get in shape” resolution. Some may yearn to shed those last baby pounds (my “baby” is almost 2 and I still have those extra lbs!) or simply establish a healthier exercise routine.

This year, I’m inspired to treat exercise like play time. Kids approach outdoor play with such joy and enthusiasm, not dread! After all, when did adults replace the idea of playtime with a “work” out?

Instead of watching my kids play, I resolve to participate with them, and as a result,  hope to reap more energy, better health, lifelong memories with my little ones.


Kids  are encouraged to share from the time they are infants.  While most kids struggle with this to some degree, I’ve found that It’s easier for my 5 year old to share her beloved toys than it is for me to share my time.

In 2011, I learned loud and clear that I can’t wait for my schedule to change in order to serve others. Life happens in the midst of our busyness.  Some of the most abundant blessings come from our seemingly greatest sacrifices of serving others during their time of need.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to approach serving with authenticity and joy like our children? God has plenty of work to do with me yet, but my hope is to pass on the blessing of serving others alongside my family in the midst of our circumstances.

Is it possible to EXPLORE, PLAY, and SHARE in the simple, yet inspirational style of my 5 year old? I think so, and I can’t wait to get started.

I’d like to hear from you, too. What inspired your 2012 goals?

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  1. Christen, this is a really timely post for me. 2011, while it brought a lot of joy, also brought with it some hard times for our family. Some days were merely about getting through from start to finish and I think I forgot how to play, too. Or at least I certainly didn’t make very much time for it.

    Playing, sharing, exploring – all good goals for 2012!

    Thanks for the reminders 🙂
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  2. I need this perspective, too!! I can be too focused and serious but watch my husband easily shift into playful explorer. It’s a great goal.
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    • My husband can also shift into playtime much more naturally than I can. For me, it [sadly] requires more effort, but certainly worth it!

  3. I love this post. You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

  4. I recently wrote about this on my blog. I have similar goals and much more for being the best parent I can be this year to my children, which means letting them go a little more now that they are 6! I just want to keep them so close and safe forever. 🙁 It’s a bittersweet year for sure!
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  5. I, too, forget how to play, how to explore, how to RELAX.
    Lovely post!
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  6. I love this. My four year old is my greatest mentor of creativity, and I’ve decided to become a lot more like her. So the other day, I went to the store and bought myself a charchoal pencil and some drawing sheets, just to see if I could draw. And I could! 😀

    And she loved my drawings, too, and started coloring them as soon as they were done. We had a really good time. 🙂
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  7. I too am very task oriented and find my daughter is constantly reminding me of what is really important in life. Today she insisted that playing with puzzles was much more important than putting away another load of laundry. And the smile of accomplishment on her face when she put each piece where it belonged and reveled in mommy’s attention proved her right.
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  8. Lovely! This article is inspiring my 2012 goals- simplify and enjoy! 🙂
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