My 9yo came home yesterday, the first day back to school after winter break, with an interesting assignment: to write an essay about her new year's resolution and how she came to make the decision about it. She had no idea what a new year's resolution is or why she would want to make one. Neither DH nor I make them, and we pretty much view every day as a great day to start making changes, kwim? DH told her to just pick one of the most common ones, like eating healthier or being more active, but she said she already does those things so how could that be a new resolution. I told her that it's a writing assignment, not a quiz, so write an essay about why she doesn't do new year's resolutions. She didn't like that option because she didn't want to get in trouble for not doing the "right" assignment. Then DH, trying to make her laugh, suggested "drink more vodka" and "perfect my graffiti tag" but those ticked her off. She's very upset that the teacher, in her words, gave her an assignment that she can't do. We told her to ask her teacher today for an alternate assignment but I'm starting to think, what we should do if Tiven didn't ask, or if the teacher said no. (Which sadly wouldn't surprise me.) And I'm also wondering if this is an appropriate assignment for a 9yo. I mean, a 9yo can make all kinds of great resolutions (learn to drive! sleep late every morning!) but they don't mean anything if the parents aren't on board, kwim? Your thoughts?