By Betsy Voreacos
With every passing year, we vow to make smarter choices and change how we live for the better. But how many of those lofty promises can moms actually keep? Let us help you with some much more manageable and realistic resolutions for the New Year.
I will feed my family healthier meals.
I will offer fresh fruits and organic vegetables at every meal. And when I get tired of chopping them for no one but me, I will go back to serving chicken nuggets and fries. But no more than four five nights a week.
I will stop bribing my children.
I will stop saying, “If you behave, I’ll give you…” Unless I already have a migraine, in which case all bets are off, and all bribes to keep them quiet are ON.
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I will exercise more.
This is my year to get fit! I will run with the stroller, do sit-ups with the baby, and do squats when I pick up toys. Or at the very least, I’ll exercise more than I did last year. (So basically once a month should do it.)
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I will stop nagging about messy bedrooms.
I will give my child the freedom to express herself within the boundaries of her own bedroom. And then I’ll clean it. Just one more time.
I will be on time.
I will pack the lunches, locate the backpacks, and find the missing shoes the night before. I will wake up 15 minutes earlier. I won’t be late getting the kids to the bus stop ever again. On second thought, maybe I’ll just start off the New Year driving them to school so we don’t have to even worry about missing the bus! Problem solved!
I will keep the house clean.
I will no longer cringe when the doorbell rings. I won’t have to use the hall closet as a storage container. I won’t have to say, “Excuse the mess!” Oh, who am I kidding. I hereby just resolve to stop caring so much!
I will stop yelling.
I will listen harder. I will be more understanding and patient. I will think before I speak. I will speak before I yell. Oh, whoops. But hey, at least they can hear me.
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I will read every word.
I will be completely present for bedtime stories. I won’t skip any pages or hurry through books. Nope. I’ll just pick shorter ones.
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I will let my children be themselves.
I will let them dress, think, and act the way they please … as long as no one’s looking.
I will stop using the TV as a babysitter.
I will teach my children to entertain themselves without the TV. Of course, that leaves the computer, the tablet, the phone...
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.