The first of the year is a time for setting new goals and starting fresh. It is true that we don't always keep the resolutions we make but I think that it is still important for us to make the attempt to become a better person. It is equally important that we teach our children how to set goals and, to the best of their ability, keep them. If you have a child that has a history of difficult behaviors and they are consistently receiving consequences, allow them to start this year with a clean slate. What I mean by this is, offer them a chance to start over and encourage them to maintain the clean slate by making some wiser choices and leaving some of those negative behaviors in the past. Sit down with them and explain the parameters of a clean slate and offer them suggestions on how to take advantage of the clean slate they're being given.
As their parent, you must always be their greatest cheerleader and they need to know that regardless of their behaviors that they can always find forgiveness and another chance from you..