New Year’s Resolutions for Parents
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Winter Break is over. Today, at least in our house, officially marks the beginning of commandeering a schedule from the time I get off work that includes: practicing instruments, helping with/overseeing homework, cooking and eating dinner, baths and story time all in about a 3 hour time frame. Doesn't seem too bad? Maybe with one child, but with three it’s a race to beat the bedtime deadline. So, I’m thinking about making AND sticking to a Parenting New Year’s Resolution Schedule. My husband and I don’t have the children in activities every day of the week, but we both work. Scheduling homework, practices, projects and unexpected doctors’ visits and birthday parties is never easy. Even so, the day to day can seem overwhelming. The first child, the oldest, is scooped from school after 2:30. Then it’s off to pick up the other two. We have standing weekly appointments with music and dance teachers. Spring sports throws another monkey wrench in what sometimes seems to be an already clumsily, juggled schedule. Just when we are finally leaving the house with all coats, hats and shoes in tow, soccer and T-Ball games require me to hastily throw my coffee in a thermos, and add tailgate chairs, game snacks and team uniforms to our ‘leaving the house haul’. It’s enough to make you ask yourself several times a day “what did I get myself into?”. There has got to be a better way to schedule! Or, is there? I’ve found that the world of parenting is often a series of “…and then let me tell you what else happened.”, where change is inevitable I don’t remember the last time I made a New Year’s Resolution. According to Statistic Brain, 45% of Americans attempt to make a New Year’s Resolution. Sadly, only 8% are successful in keeping it. Six months into a New Year’s Resolution 46% of Americans have given up. But who says at any time you can’t make a pledge to do and be better. I am not a perfect mother in any sense. But I try. So, it is my hope that I can spend more quality time with my kids (and the hubby). That I can hold on longer to my patience at the end of the day. That I won’t ‘rush off’ hugs and kisses when I am bone tired. So for me I guess no resolutions this year, just good, earnest intention to do and be better.
Tips to Tame Pending Calendar:
- Use one of these 20 Calendar apps for iPhone – To help you create a schedule
- Get help from family and friends to help you stick to a schedule or use stickK, a site that helps you decide a variety of measures to ensure you stick to your goals.
- Be realistic. Plan what is humanly possible for the day. Regardless of what you may believe, an ‘S’ is not stamped on your chest.
- Ask for help (a tip I have problems with). No one will take your hard earned mommy badge if you have to call in reinforcements to picks kids up from school or practice or be at two places at once on the soccer field. Ask a friend, grandparent, uncle, aunt to help cover the bases.