The end of the year always brings with it the baggage of the past year; painful remembrances of what really didn’t go well for us. These are usually resurrected in the form of resolutions of what not to do in the coming year.
Why do we do this to ourselves year after year?
There’s just something cathartic about starting anew, getting a 47th chance to succeed, and setting ourselves up for
failure achieving our goals. A new diet, exercising every day, being more patient, or getting organized usually top the list. Great ideas, at least on paper.
But most of us aim too high with those resolutions, making them so far out of reach that we’ve failed by
February January 2nd around noon.
So this year I’ve created a list of totally attainable resolutions for the Modern-Day Mother. Feel free to print this out and stick in on your refrigerator next to the Pizza Town magnet and that picture of your nephew in his soccer uniform.
- I resolve not to keep each and every painting/piece of artwork/book report/macaroni collage/ceramic ashtray created by my children. Contrary to popular mom folk lore, there isn’t a special place in heaven for me if I do.
- I resolve to banish the word thighs from my vocabulary unless it pertains to those from a chicken that have been marinated in some wonderful sauce.
- I resolve to smile at each of my children at least once a day. This serves the dual purpose of making them feel loved and making them wonder what I have up my sleeve. Or what they’ve been caught at. It’s a win-win.
- I resolve to stop wasting my time looking all over for the missing sock. A close-enough mate is good enough.
- I resolve to buy myself one candy treat each time I go to the grocery store, and hide it from the kids.
- I resolve to stop asking silly questions like, “Why are these socks still on the floor?” or “When were you planning on telling me about the science fair?” since I don’t really care about the answer.
- I resolve to start being more spontaneous. I plan to start this soon after the new year begins, or whenever I can schedule it in.
- I resolve to bite my lip when my kids aren’t asking for advice. I may have to bite quite hard.
- I resolve to start referring to myself by my name, and not as “Junior’s Mom”.
- I resolve to delegate more chores to the kids, who are more than capable of doing them and quite possibly might do a better job than I do.
What resolutions do you have this New Year?