Happy New Year!

May God bless you and your family with joy and peace in 2015. I anticipate an inspirational year and am oddly enthusiastic about what 2015 will hold.  Over the Christmas break, I read some interesting articles and listened to some inspirational podcasts.  Here’s links to five of them:

1. As a parent of adolescents, you are likely forming your opinion about dating or courting:

Check out Thomas Ulmstattd’s book he is working on called Courtship in Crisis and consider joining his kickstarter campaign. You can also read his thought provoking article called Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed.

2. Are you motivated to get and keep yourself clutter-free this year?

Listen to Kathi Lipp’s  podcast and join her “Let’s be Clutter Free in ’15’  challenge.

3. After Christmas, I pondered ways to move the focus of the holiday season for my grandchildren to one of giving rather than getting.

I love buying gifts for my children and grandchildren and it’s something I will not stop doing! But each year, we adults ponder how to infuse the concept of giving into all the getting that my grandchildren experience. I went through the same cycle last year but all too soon, the holiday season was back and once again I got busy buying gifts. This season, an article by Steve Murrell, written years ago, got my attention.  In his article, he shares simple ways to move the focus away from getting  to giving.  Now my family has a plan in place for the 2015 holiday season. Check out: Our Christmas Eve Disaster by Steve Murrell – Moving the Christmas focus from getting to giving

4. The Finnish school system has for a number of years been considered top rate. I believe much of their success lies less with their educational programs and more with their pride in being a nation of people with “sisu.”  An english translation for sisu  could be grit, a characteristic that’s getting much attention today in the educational world:

To learn more about grit, listen to this short podcast by Angela Lee Duckworth about developing grit in kids: GRIT – Key to success!

5. As parents and educators, we need to be knowledgeable about what our children may experience in the cyber world. This article lists current  texting acronyms and what they mean.  Be forewarned that it is disturbing.

Check your kids texts for these acronyms and what they mean -Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls. Read her other columns on digital life and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter. This article was posted on foxs40.com.