For me, certain times of the year seem to be fraught with emotion; my children’s birthdays, annual IEPs, and the coming of each new year. Like the changing of some apparitional guard, marked passages of time often highlight the unmet goals, untimely milestones, and overdue achievements. Sometimes, the kindest thing we can do for our children and ourselves, is to let go. Release the old and as fearlessly as possible, welcome the new. So here are my toasts to welcome in the new challenges and new successes of the New Year !