The new year is approaching! 220.127.116.11. That means my 10-year high school reunion will be coming up, my 5th year of marriage to my wonderful husband, and my 8th year as a mother. Max will be turning 8, and Jax will be turning 2. Jax is already saying “push” towards every light switch, and Max is learning common core math. *FACEPLAM*. If anyone has advice for this whole common core thing, leave me a comment – this mama just wasn’t quite ready for all that, ha! With each year that passes, as a mother, I feel it’s super important to reflect on the year that’s passed and hone in on what I can improve. So, I’ve collected a few ideas that I really want to start implementing this coming year to help me thrive in my role as a mother. Here are my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions for motherhood and beyond…
|1| Do More Crafts
I try every 6 months or so to do something really crafty and special with my kids. We take them out often, so we do not spend that much time at the house. That means I’m only doing crafts with them twice a year. That usually means I am doing a salt-dough handprint (which is my FAVORITE thing to do with our kids!), and something for spring. Ugh, I am definitely not getting mom of the year for that!
I really want to try to do something with them each weekend if I can help it. We love going outside to play, so I think rock painting would be a great project for us. I’ve already been teaching Max how to use my DSLR, which he loves to use and take pictures of our dogs. Jaxson is my wild child, which is maybe why I am a little reluctant to break out the paints and crayons with him just yet, but just because he makes a mess doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to explore! I think I’ve picked up on a few of my husband’s OCD habits when it comes to the kids.
|2| Take More Photos With Myself In Them
I really need to start including myself in the pictures I take with my kids! I barely have any, and I really want to remember these moments and be included in some of the photos my children will look at later. I want them to remember what I looked like when they were younger. I used to love seeing photographs of my mother as a young girl because I look so much like her. I want my kids to have that, too.
|3| Give Myself A Break
I am a mother of two, and a nanny of two. I am essentially responsible for the mental, physical, nutritional, and emotional health of up to four children every day. Recently, I’ve been aware of the need I have to just sit down and breathe. Paint my nails, do my eyeshadow, and rub some lotion on my feet. These things are so simple, but they take time. And that means time away from the children that count on me.
But self-care is just as important as the care you give to others.
|4| Affording My Debt
Alrighty – I’m gonna get real with you here. I have debt. Credit cards are not my friend. I am extremely impulsive when it comes to purchasing, and love to see an Amazon Prime box on my doorstep. To be a better mother, I need to start affording my own debt, and stop making excuses for never making any headway. I will start taking responsibility for the money that I owe so I can properly save instead of borrow.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”
I’d love to include more ideas, but I want to stay realistic at the same time. There’s no need to pressure myself all for the sake of a compelling list of things I might not get to just to impress my readers. My true hope is to keep myself accountable by publicly stating the things I’d like to work on and to inspire other mamas to do the same!
I hope the New Year finds you in great health and stable mind.
Motherhood is one tough playground – just remember that when you make your own resolutions for 2018.
What are some of your resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments below 🙂