The last time we talked mama resolutions, we had just kicked off 2006. Our whole family has been talking about it for the past week or so, mulling over ways we can focus on ways to bring us closer as a family and ways to strengthen ourselves independently. After an autumn wrought with greyness and stress of the endless juggle, we are looking forward to the new year. Here are a few top items that I am thinking of:
1. Enjoy the little moments with the kids. It is so easy to flip out and lose my top when the kids move to slow or refuse to put on appropriate clothing or disagree with me. Alas, it's just not worth the battle, often times. I resolve to make the little things in each day more fun, to make time time to tickle them each day, to make fun out of those chores or activities they dread.
2. Spend more quality time with my spouse. My husband and I spent part of yesterday clearing out some old boxes in our desks. We stumbled across photos, notes, journal entries, and love letters that we wrote to each other from the last millenium. It was fun and refreshing to see how in love we
were are. In the new year, we resolve to enjoy each other more, bicker about the little things less, express ourselves to one another more, and be more affectionate with one another.
3. Try to read more. I have mama brain to the max. I don't think I have read a book cover-to-cover since my pregnancy with my first daughter back in the summer of 2000. I got a new book for Christmas, and maybe even the book group will encourage me to settle in with a good book and enhance my perspective on life. I resolve to read more, even if it's just one non-work, non-parenting book this year.
4. Get organized. We are serious this year. We have clumps and piles of stuff everywhere, from old no-longer-used toys to papers, books, important documents scattered throughout. We resolve to go paperless whenever possible to decrease clutter, purge and revamp our home filing system to make it more efficient and accessible, and reuse or recycle old items that we no longer use.
5. Use postal mail and revive our letter-/note-writing. Yesterday, one of our girls wrote a note to her friend, telling her how much she missed her over this winter break. She addressed the letter and put a stamp on it and asked me to walk her to the mailbox. Our family is extremely delinquent with thank-you cards, and we resolve to take time to handwrite thank you notes and other notes to send mail out to our friends and family, even if they live just a few miles away.
We'd love to hear more from you -- what are your hopes and dreams for 2008? What are you determined to accomplish -- for yourself, for your partner, for your children?