As a mother and role model for two delicious kids, I think itís important to constantly improve. So here are my new yearís resolutions to be a yummier mummy.
1. Overturn Over-programming
After reading studies which prove unscheduled downtime creates out of the box thinkers, I believe kids need downtime to emotionally regroup after school, have playdates and not be too tired for homework. As much as I want my little ones to succeed in this ever increasing competitive world, in the new year I will continue resisting the urge to enroll them in a variety of sports, art classes and second/third language programs.
2. Listen to my Kids
Mummy does know best, especially when she learns to listen to her kids. Whether itís feeling full when thereís still food on a plate, or feeling sick when there are no symptoms, Iím realizing my kids are often more intuitive than I give them credit for. So now, when my kids tell me something I donít really want to hear, I will take the time to listen carefully. Chances are my kids know something I donít.
3. Get More Active
I admit it. Iím not an outdoorsy kind of gal. Iím more comfy in front my computer or book. Too often my kids are lounging when we could be running, riding or skating. I promise to be more active with my kids. Itís better for all of us.
After hearing an educational consultant speak, I learned one of the most efficient ways of getting children to do their homework is to choose a consistent time daily, with little or no wiggle room. I discovered my son works best close to bedtime after his shower. My plan is to maintain that schedule, in the hopes of reducing tension around homework and magically turn homework into a special, creative time we spend together
5. Guilt-free Me-time
Why does a pang of guilt rip through me when girlfriends invite me out for dinner or a movie? Why donít my husband and I celebrate our relationship more often? As overworked, overly responsible parents, we NEED time away from our kids to have fun, shake loose the stress and remember weíre more than parents. I hope to have more guilt free playdates in the new year. In doing so, my kids will see mummy as more than just a caregiver. Iím a sexy woman who needs to get out to play too!
6. Time to Tidy
7. Birthday Party Change.
Enough with the presents already. Birthday parties are out of hand. Next year I am introducing charity into my kidsí parties. They will choose which gifts to donate. Or I will sign up for an ECHOage.com party, a new online company started by 2 local moms who collect donations from guests, half the money going to a charity, the other half to a big gift for the party person. Thatís yummy!
8. Leave Work at my Office
My husband and I are workaholics, both umbilically attached to Blackberries. My hope is the two of us will pry ourselves away from work, physically and mentally, to be fully there for our kids. Even though we are sending the message of loving what you do to our kids, we also need to be present one hundred percent when hanging with the family.
My son is the tallest. My daughter is the smartest and theyíre both the cutest. Of course they are. We all have the best kids. So, why are we constantly comparing our little treasures to the other kids on the block. Every child will have strengths and weaknesses, and develop differently. This is what makes them unique. Celebrate their strengths and work on their weaknesses. And love them for who they are.
10. Pat Myself on the Back
How often do you hear, ďIím a great mom!Ē? Instead, itís ďIím the worldís worst motherĒ accompanied by head in hands. Rarely do we give ourselves a pat on the back and acknowledge our successes as multi-tasking moms. This year I will cut myself some slack and pat myself on the back every time thereís a small victory. (I got them to school on time! Hurray for me!)
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(Published on The Parent Link on Jan 1, 2009)
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