Can you believe that 2021 is right around the corner?

Although 2020 has been a year marked by hardship and struggle, it’s also provided us with opportunities to look at our lives in new and fulfilling ways. As life begins to return to normal later this year, we hope that our readers won’t lose sight of the good things that happened and the positive opportunities that presented themselves in 2020. In this post, we’ll explore five resolutions that we think everyone should make or maintain as we ring in the new year.

As you’ll learn in more detail below, we believe that a commitment to enriching your child’s education with fun and engaging classes for kids is one of the best resolutions you can make. The Art Farm NYC is currently offering virtual programs and in-person classes and programs all designed to introduce your child to animals, help them develop a passion for cooking with healthy ingredients and explore their creative side through arts and crafts. Check out our full schedule and enroll your child today!

Five Important Resolutions for 2021

Community Engagement

The Art Farm NYC is incredibly grateful for all of the community support we’ve received over the last nine months. It’s been truly incredible and inspiring to see our local community coming together as we’ve navigated unprecedented logistical challenges and moved from in-person classes to virtual, hybrid, and a mix of both. We sincerely appreciate your encouragement and patience, and we hope that you’ll continue to give your unwavering support to all of our local businesses in 2021.

Extracurricular Learning

If you’ve read any of the other posts on our blog, then you know that we’re advocates for extracurricular activities, even amidst the pandemic. We believe that a well-rounded education is one of the best and most important gifts you can give your child, but it isn’t always easy to find the time for extracurricular activities.

At The Art Farm NYC, we’ve been offering online and in-person classes for kids since the beginning of the pandemic. We’ve helped countless parents provide their children with the opportunity to sing, dance, create, and learn about a variety of animals. If your child hasn’t been able to participate in any of our classes, we hope that you’ll make it a resolution in 2021!

Balanced Meals

If you’re like most people, then your diet and eating habits changed dramatically in March. Whether due to job loss or a shift to remote work, we’ve all spent much more time in our homes than usual and haven’t had the structure and routine normally provided by our careers. This means that it’s easier to order takeout, eat at odd times of the day, and let your child get away with meals and snacks you wouldn’t ordinarily approve of.

You don’t need to do a complete 180 and overhaul your family’s diet (and in fact, you shouldn’t if you want the resolution to stick), but make an effort to include a side of vegetables with every meal to make everything just a bit more balanced.

Consistent Family Dinners

Families have had more time than ever before to gather together, slow down, and enjoy each other’s company. Life is going to get busy again, but we truly hope that dinner around the table is one thing that will stick with you in 2021 and beyond. If you’ve enjoyed eating with your family, make an effort to have dinner together at least a few times each week, even when you aren’t staying home due to restrictions. 

In addition to improved well-being and higher academic performance, studies show that children who eat with their families are more resilient and able to withstand stressful situations than children who don’t. After a year like 2020, it’s clear that resilience is one of the most important qualities we can help our children develop!

Regular Exercise

Between gym closures and the weather getting colder by the day, it’s not easy to get the exercise our bodies need. If you’ve been indoors since March and haven’t been able to go to your regularly scheduled exercise classes, make a resolution to explore other options in 2021. We’ll likely see exercise classes resume and gyms reopen as the vaccine becomes more widely available, but until then, we recommend looking online for free classes and exploring ways you can get active from the comfort and safety of your own home. If your child has energy to burn, be sure to bring them by The Art Farm NYC for an in-person class!

Enrich Your Child’s Education in 2021

We hope that today’s post will help you make 2021 a year of growth and positive change. We’re currently planning our 2021 curriculum and have posted winter classes on our calendar — stay tuned for even more in-person and virtual opportunities throughout the year!

Again, thank you so much for your support in 2020. Happy New Year from all of us at The Art Farm NYC!