Friday, January 2, 2009


Well, 2008 has ended. Another year gone, another new year to celebrate, another chance to change life for the better.

I love making New Year’s resolutions. I always make a lot of them, which may seem foolish, but I figure, why not? It’s just so great that we are hardwired for this mentality of renewal at the start of a new year. Granted, come March, most resolutions are gone with the wind. But at least we can start out with good intentions. At least we don’t have to feel like we’re stuck in the situation we’re in. At least we have the opportunity—and the desire—to yearn for something better, and to do something about it.

There is power in positive thoughts, right?!

One of the cool things about being a parent is that we have to make resolutions all year long. We are in a constant state of self-improvement. Parenting can be a very fluid experience. We have to test what works and what doesn’t work, and adjust our behavior accordingly. And what works one day may not work the next. Thus, more adjusting. It’s exhausting, but we’re becoming better parents—and people—because of it.

I’ve decided to list my parenting-related New Year’s resolutions. It’s scary to write them down, because then I actually have to follow through with them. But I suppose there is no point in even having them if I had no intention for follow-through.

2009 New Year’s Parenting Resolutions

1. I will continue to read a bedtime story every night to each and every child before bed (instead of combining stories when I am tired or crabby.)

2. I will start teaching the children about the value and responsibility of money -- by setting a better example (Gotta stop the impulsive purchasing!)

3. When the wee ones make me angry, I will close my eyes and take a deep breath, rather than yell at the top of my lungs -- but to be honest, I may still yell a little after my deep breath. Is blunt honesty appropriate in a resolution...?

4. I will keep E continuously involved in extracurricular activities so she has a creative outlet for her immense energy.

5. I will not get caught up in self-pity about the trying moments of parenthood; instead I will count my blessings!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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