My go-to New Year’s resolution for many years has been some variation on the same ones most of us make each January: Lose weight, get to the gym, be more organized.
But since I’m pretty much at the weight I’m supposed to be, and I exercise in a vigorous manner just about every day, and I just finished cleaning out my closet a few minutes ago, I get to dig a little deeper. Scary, huh?
As parents, our attitudes and actions affect those around us in a big way. If we’re cranky and negative around our kids, it’s easy to see how that rubs right off on them. I often hear myself saying rotten things about how nobody seems capable of emptying the dishwasher or picking up their socks. Clearly, the rotten, negative comments aren’t helping.
So maybe a good resolution for me is to be a little sweeter and a lot more patient with my little dudes. I’m not saying I’ll let them off the hook for leaving their backpack in the middle of the kitchen floor, but I could easily remind them a little more gently to not be so sloppy.I’ll give it a shot. The worst that can happen is one day they’ll have some vague memory of their mom whipping dirty socks at them while smiling maniacally and nudging them in a sing-songy voice to put their damn things away.