Ah, the New Year. A time of renewal and rejuvenation. When all things seem possible again.

Ah, the New Year. A time of renewal and rejuvenation. When all things seem possible again.

I remember way back when I was a stay-at-home mom. I loved my Oprah. Hardly ever missed a show. Every day at 4 o'clock, I turned off the phone ringer and didn't answer my door. The kids were usually napping and this was my time.

One particular show remains in my memory (which is really saying something because not much is left in there). Ms. O did a show about the power of a new day. I remember her saying (and I'm paraphrasing-I'm not that good), "Every day we have an opportunity to change ourselves. It's a clean slate. Don't like what you did yesterday? Change yourself today!" She went on to say how downright amazed she was at this God-given daily gift. Amazed! That's a powerful word.

I don't know why, but that episode always stayed with me. Each day we can choose our destiny, simply by what we choose to do or not do. And parenting is no exception. Our article on manners will show you how to raise polite, thoughtful kids in a self-absorbed world. After spending some quality value-teaching time, how about a fun family movie? We've listed the best classics to watch together.

And as the gray days of January bring on the "Mom, I'm bored!" whinies, use our fun (and slightly messy) ideas to bust the boredom. One of those gems: Get moving! It's everyone's New Year's resolution to exercise and eat right, and we've got some family-friendly ways to do just that.

I hope you took some time over the holidays to enjoy your family. As kids grow, every day seems to get shorter. And if you've had some less than pleasant mommy or daddy days, remember: You have tomorrow to start over. Each day is a gift. Open and greet it with the anticipation and excitement of a child.