Do you "do" New Year's Resolutions? Some moms do, some moms don't. Here's a list of some resolutions to consider for you and your families when looking at the New Year ahead:
- Take time for yourself. Whether it's yoga on Saturday mornings or an early morning cup of coffee, take the time to be nurturing and warm - to you.
- Eat meals together as a family as often as you can. If you can't have dinner together at night because of crazy schedules or late night meetings, try to squeeze in cereal at the breakfast table with your little ones before you do daycare drop-off. Seeing your little ones' faces across the table is a great sight any time of day.
- Enjoy stolen moments with your babies. Our days can be very hectic. Keep up with your little ones when you're driving to a ped appointment, when you're waiting to deposit checks at the bank, or even when you're folding laundry. We all hear that these moments go by too quickly - we need to enjoy them before they are gone.
- Respect your own limits. Say yes when you can, but know when to say no. Bake sales, playdates, dinners with customers - we can't say yes to everyone and everything. Saying no to some requests will make your yes replies begin to mean more.
- Let the house be messier. Sounds easy but this one is hard for most moms.
- Call (and see) your girlfriends more. The recharge you can get from a phone call, FaceTime chat, or a girls' night out is priceless. Try not to let too much time pass between your get-togethers.
- Take that trip you've been dreaming about. We all have that dream vacation we talk about and say we will do when the baby is potty-trained, when they're out of the terrible two's, when they're old enough to remember, etc. If you keep waiting, there's a strong chance you won't make it happen. Do it now.
- Plan for the future (and the unexpected). This one is important - get a will if you don't have one already. You owe it to your baby to take care of this essential item that will make outline your wishes and plans if ever you can't say them yourself.
- Worry less. Worrying doesn't help - it just uses energy that can be used for item #10.
- Celebrate more. Make a cake for the dog's birthday. Throw a potty party when #3 kid goes #2. Put a candle in cannolis on a random Tuesday so someone at your table can make a wish - just because. Enjoy being with each other because these are life's celebrations.
Happy New Year, Moms!