January is always a good time for self-reflection and goal-setting. The start of a new year allows us to close the book on the past and begin anew with promises that we make to ourselves and to others. As we adults talk about our grown-up New Year’s resolutions this month, we also have a wonderful opportunity to teach the children in our lives about the importance of making and keeping commitments.
Think back to your childhood. Do you remember locking fingers with a friend on a “pinky promise”? Maybe you pledged to not share a secret, or promised to do something specific. Whatever it was, the symbolism of locking fingers seemed to make the pledge take on a meaning beyond words.
Keeping a promise lays the foundation for trust and respect. When our behavior is consistent, it allows others to build faith in us. Nurturing this behavior in children early on begins a pattern that leads to reliability and personal integrity.
Our Primrose Friends puppets are one way we nurture and reinforce positive character traits year-round. Billy the duck is our Primrose Friend who represents keeping promises, and he helps engage students in discussions about being dependable. In addition, we always commend students when they follow through on their word and remind them when we follow through on ours. Most importantly, we try to set a good example.
Join us in telling Billy, "Happy Birthday!"