I am not sure what inspires New Year's resolutions. Perhaps it's the frantic pace of the holidays that trick us into keeping the hamster wheel turning by adding more to our "to do" lists. After all, the whole month of December was stuffed full of activity, so what's a few resolutions in the wake of it all?
Who doesn't love the clean of a brand-new year? Whatever parenting blunders you made over the last 12 months ó from backing the van over the tricycle to getting lazy about vegetables ó it was all so last year.
So here's to 2014.
1. Get more "me" time. Step 1, figure out a way to go to the bathroom during the day without my toddler following me in or yelling through the door.
2. Spend more time with my husband. For the record, quality time is not defined by us both falling asleep on the couch during a movie.
3. I will wear REAL clothes in public. Unless I'm actually working out or taking my kids to the park, yoga pants are not to be worn as every day clothes.
4. Remember to shower.
5. Consider using the jogging stroller to jog, or keep buying pants two sizes too big to give the illusion of weight loss.
There's no reason why I should be the only person in my family to work toward bettering myself. To that end, helping your child create New Year's resolutions is the beginning of teaching your child the importance of setting goals. Here are some resolutions for my toddler:
1. Zits on teenagers are not to be commented on in any way, as I understand that "my time will come."
2. If my socks go on before my underwear, this is not the end of the world. In fact, I will not throw a tantrum the second something goes wrong. Instead, I will think about my dilemma, determine the most effective course of action, and then implement a carefully thought out solution.
3. I will reframe my concept of naptime to both a privilege and a gift. Certain people would do almost anything (pay large sums of money, commit heinous acts, etc.) if it meant they would be allotted one hour in the middle of the day to lie on a bed. (Or so my mom tells me.)
4. I will let my mother wipe my face with a wet cloth, particularly if my face is covered with dry snot and oatmeal. She is just trying to protect herself from judgment once we leave the house.
5. I will work on accepting that I cannot eat candy for dinner, lunch or breakfast regardless how many times I ask.
6. Stop making prank calls. I will accept my plastic, toy cell phone as a suitable replacement for my mom's real, very breakable phone. I will then track down the all the random people I have accidently called and reassure them that the loud breathing on the other end of the line was just me and not a stalker.
7. Iím super cute. Itís one of the reasons I get away with so much mischief. From here on out though, I will not do anything cute unless Mom has her camera at the ready. This includes making my scrunchy face, impromptu dancing, and messy eating where spaghetti is involved.
While I am both impressed and encouraged by my daughter's resolutions, I am excited for 2014. My goal for this year is to be present every day. Life is short and these early years with little ones fly by. I don't want miss out.