By now you have a little list going in your mind of all the things you're going to do differently to make 2009 your best year yet. And (it must be said) by now the thought has crossed your mind that you didn't get as far with last year's New Year's resolutions as you had hoped. (Please tell me I am not the only one!) I'm wondering if this year, it might be a lot more productive (and more fun) if I make my usual list this time around with my kids in mind.
Lose weight. OR Spend regular time with my kids in the great outdoors. Everyone would be happier (and God knows I would be thinner) if I gave up on dieting and invested all that energy in getting outside with my kids on an everyday basis.
Get out of debt Open up a savings account for my elementary school kids and help them make monthly deposits on the money we save from cutting corners. There's nothing like having to teach that makes you walk the walk really fast. And by raising my kids' awareness of finances, I can only help but become more aware of my own.
Take a class. Invite every family member to commit to learning something new. We did this one year and it was so interesting to see what kinds of things the kids wanted to learn. Madeleine (then 7) wanted to master using a sharp knife safely (well done) and this year Carter wants to learn how to play chess. I think I'll take up African cooking--something that can benefit all of us.
Spend more time with family and friends. Commit to serious, regular recharge time. I always have more energy for my loved ones when I'm willing to take even the tiniest bits of time out for myself. A hot bath, a cup of tea--all these things pave the way for me to be chilled out and ready to give the quality time everyone is asking for.
What other New Year's Resolutions could you amend to include your littlest members? By making goals that involve everyone, I think I stand a much better chance at making some very simple dreams come true.