Several bloggers are taking up the challenge to use just one word as a "New Year's Resolution". It is quite a challenge to come up with one word to encompass all that you would like to achieve in 2008. I immediately thought of a conversation that I'd had with a member of my art group at our final class. She is the Director of a pre-school and someone asked light-heartedly "do you have to wipe their bums?" She answered: "If you value the child as an individual who deserves respect, it becomes teaching them about independence and self-care." I went home thinking about values and how with older students, discipline is about valuing them enough to teach them to respect themselves and others. Interpersonal relationships run more smoothly if you value the other person's opinion, or at least their right to have one! If you value yourself you will eat well and keep fit. If we value the planet, we will do our best to reduce our carbon footprint.
So that's my word for 2008: