Instead of New Year's Resolutions, I've been hoping to make some "Parenting Resolutions" for 2014.
I feel like our household can get too chaotic with two kids under 3.5 lately, so I think I need to have a "stop-and-smell-the-roses" attitude more. When my toddlers get on my nerves, refuse to listen to me, constantly leave toys on the floor, occasionally hit each other when fighting over something or another, or don't eat the meals I've prepped for them -- my new parenting goal is going to be to HAVE MORE PATIENCE with my family. (*Note to husband: you should be getting a more polite reaction, too, when you don't put away the dry cleaning I picked up for you or forget to take out the trash. You're welcome!)
Sometimes I think I just get a little too 'annoyed' during the day, and I'd like to be a lot more patient (and yell much less!) to be able to enjoy that my two kids are growing leaps and bounds every week -- intellectually and socially. Seriously, I really shouldn't be too busy, too distracted, or too irritated to appreciate that. We are blessed to have two healthy kids, and that's really all that matters, right?
The definition of patience isn't just counting to 10 when something 'hits the fan' or when your child takes 60 minutes for his bedtime routine. It's multifaceted, and I'd like to incorporate its meaning as a new me-mantra for 2014: having the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
(And by the way, 'eating healthier' is, of course, kind of a standard, unspoken resolution for me every January, anyway, but going to the gym can wait another year until I have more time!)
What parenting resolutions can you make for this new year? I've asked some of my mommy friends for their Mommy Goals for 2014, and here's what they've told me.