Before the school year comes to a close – and we stuff our backpacks and notebooks in a closet to forget about for the summer – take time to reflect on the year, while it’s fresh in your mind. Walking your kids through introspection and showing them the beauty of reflection is an invaluable lesson.


Assess this last year.


Consider these questions as you reflect, and write down the answers in a journal that they can look back on:



Stroll down memory lane.


After you’ve taken an inventory of the past year, think back farther. You may have asked similar questions last year. It will be interesting to note how some things have gone back to normal since COVID-19 and how some things will never be the same.


Connect with your children by sharing memories you each have of the same events. The first day of school ever. First dance recital or game as starting pitcher. Don’t shy away from the difficult times, either. The loss of a beloved pet or illness of a grandparent makes a deep impact.


As you relive the big moments and offhand memories, be intentional about modeling gratitude for your kids. While not all memories are positive, you can help them reframe events to see why it built character or taught them a lesson. Be quick to point out strengths and areas of growth!


Nostalgia can bring up all kinds of emotions, so make space for your kids to feel it all. On that note, don’t be insulted if they make fun of your tears as you look at pictures of them in preschool, remembering their baby faces and the way they said “hangabangers” for hamburgers.


The beauty of reflection is that we get to understand ourselves and our loved ones deeper, as we think about where we’ve been. And it brings our lives into perspective as we dream about where we’re going.


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