Dear CDA Families,
I hope you and your loved ones had a great holiday season. As we move into the New Year, it is common for us to reflect on our past and think about new ways to improve our future. What plans do you have to reach your goals? I think Abraham Lincoln had some great advice when he said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
For a long time, I struggled to achieve a lot of my goals. I realized that I lived in a world of instant gratification. If I didn’t see instant or quick results, I got discouraged and easily gave up. It’s taken me some time, but I’d like to share a couple of tools that helped me along the way.
Building Better Habits: one of my favorite books, “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear offers ways to create self-improvement habits. He explains how small habits, whether good or bad, will have a powerful impact on your life. Making a choice that is 1 percent better or worse seems insignificant in the moment, but over time these choices determine our outcome.
For example, if you eat an unhealthy meal today, the scale won’t change much, but if you eat an unhealthy meal every day, you will eventually gain a considerable amount of weight. Similarly, if you go for a 20-minute jog, you won’t lose weight by tomorrow, but if you jog for 20 minutes each day, eventually you will lose weight.
I remember when my daughter was young and only wanted to drink soda (I know, bad choice), she cried if she didn’t have it. Eventually one day, my husband told me not to have soda in the house, “out of sight out of mind,” he said. A few months later, I wanted to treat her to some take-out food and asked her what she wanted to drink, to my surprise, she responded, “water.” I was a proud mom that day and many years later, she refuses to drink soda.
Vision Board: A vision board is a visualization tool used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. This is one of my favorite activities to do individually and in a group setting. Feel free to use whatever tool you have, for example, I’ve used a notebook and a clipboard to create some of my vision boards. Be creative!
Tips to get started:
- Set clear goals: Take time to think about what you want to achieve through images and words and add them to your board. I cut out images and words from old magazines and sometimes print them from my computer.
- Post your vision board where you can see it: Make sure you look at your vision board regularly to remind yourself of your goals and what you want to achieve.
- Create a positive mindset: Surround yourself with images and words that represent what you most want to achieve. This can promote a sense of positivity, self-confidence, and hope.
- Celebrate progress: As you work towards your goals, add new images and words to your board to celebrate your progress.
At CDA, our mission is to encourage and support the success and well-being of children, families, and the child care community. To do this, one of the key roles of our Family Resources team is to establish and form partnerships with community agencies to provide essential resources and workshops that support your needs and help you reach your goals.
Last year, we sent out a survey asking for your input on topics you are most interested in learning about. To begin, we want to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your feedback has helped us plan our 2023 workshop calendar. We hope that you will join us!
Mark your calendar!
Visit cdasd.org/workshops to view our workshop calendar. Registration required.
|Feb 7, 2023||5:30 – 7:30 PM||Digital Literacy: Introduction to Outlook|
|Feb 21, 2023||6:00 – 7:00 PM||The ARTful Conversation: Advocating and Connecting Families|
|Mar 14, 2023||6:00 – 8:00 PM||Positive Parenting Program 3-part series : Part 1|
|Mar 21, 2023||6:00 – 8:00 PM||Positive Parenting Program 3-part series : Part 2|
|Mar 28, 2023||6:00 – 8:00 PM||Positive Parenting Program 3-part series : Part 3|
|Apr 4, 2023||5:30 – 7:30 PM||Digital Literacy: Introduction to Word|
|Apr 18, 2023||6:00 – 7:00 PM||Strengthening Families: Protective Factors Overview|
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For individualized assistance with resources or referrals, please contact our Family Resources Team via the contact form on our workshops page: