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Do you just love letting go of the old year and embracing a new one?! 2010 has a nice ring to it and we hope it will be a good year for you and your family.

2009 has been another year of tremendous growth for SantaCruzParent.com and we thank you for your part in that!  Thank you for visiting the many different sections of our site, reading the parts of our newsletters that interest you and forwarding our newsletters to so many new friends! 

What are your plans for the new year? We came across four questions from Elizabeth Donati of Creative Wealth International to ask ourselves. Keeping in mind health, relationships, business, places to visit, activities to try, finances or anything else, asking these four questions may help us make little changes that lead to huge differences in our lives: What should I be doing more of? What should I be doing less of? What should I start doing? What should I stop doing?

Read great tips for how to make your resolutions stick (below).

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Have you decided where your child will be going to preschool or school next fall?  Go to Heddi Craft's Jan. 16 discussion on Choosing a School for Your Child.  Save Jan. 20 for an evening talking with many independent school representatives at the Independent School Fair.  This year it has expanded to include licensed preschools.
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We wish you all a wonderful New Year's celebration and an exciting 2010!

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(Icons/Graphics) ScienceTools.jpgIf you think your child has a talent for things science and you want to nurture that, there is a great and famous science teacher in Santa Cruz who makes science exciting and fun. 

A top teacher with Outdoor Science Fun, teaching 100+ popular science classes every year, Irvin Lindsey is a United Way Community Hero and an accomplished science teacher in practice for more than 19 years. He has taught sciences in the classroom and outdoors from kindergarten through college. He enjoys a special talent for connecting with students of all ages. His most recent studies include advances in health and nutrition, the state of science education, and the vast need for effective science education.

Irvin is offering an after school class open to all: active learning physics, chemistry, biology and geology activities designed just for kids, including essential concepts, special activities and higher level thinking skills. In classes with Irvin kids can learn so much more than most of us think!

For children ages 8-11, go here for details.

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  Tips for making New Year's resolutions that stick

by Lia Steakley Dicker

We are full of good intentions when we write down our resolutions for the new year. But for the majority of us the thrill of accomplishing our New Year's resolutions remains elusive. We might promise to run that race, but never cross the finish line. We might aim to overcome frustration, temptation, and procrastination, but sticking to our resolutions can be hard. So what's the trick to making resolutions that stick?

When selecting resolutions for the new year, use the following tips to convert your enthusiasm for change into year-long commitment toward personal growth. Doing so will help you avoid future disappointment and launch yourself on journey of self-renewal.

Be deliberate

Resist the urge to impulsively make pledges for the upcoming year based on what's bothering you at a specific moment. Spend a week, or longer, evaluating your priorities for the new year and think about how your resolution fits with these objectives. This is a great conversation to have with a friend, "Could you see me doing this goal, this year?"
Leave the past behind

Refrain from adopting old resolutions to prevent past regrets from following you into the future. Instead, redefine failed goals. If "lose weight" didn't work last year, consider the new approaches of "eat healthier" or "exercise five days a week"
Stay positive

Swearing off bad habits such as "I will never bite my nails again" only emphasizes the forbidden behavior. For better results, cast resolutions in a flattering light and vow to "Take better care of my hands and nails"

Shorten the deadline

Recent research found 80 percent of people don't keep their resolution past Valentine's Day. Maintain yours until July 1 and you will have accomplished more than most. We're betting the buzz you get from successfully making reaching the six-month mark will carry you the rest of the year.
Define the obstacles

Acknowledging and preparing for the challenges upfront allows you to better navigate bumps in the road ahead.

Go public with your plans

Telling others about your goals helps you in a couple of ways. Writing the goals down and sharing them with others can increase your sense of responsibility to meet your objectives. It also gives others insight into what you are trying to accomplish and opens new doors for support.


Lia Steakley Dicker is a Seattle based journalist and editor of the 43 Things Book: Dream It. List It. Do It. How to live a Bigger & Bolder Life

 

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