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10 Ways I Vow to Be a Better Mom in 2012 (Come Hell or More Dora)

By Meredith Carroll |


I'm open to improving myself when it comes to raising my girls

I’d rather become the Kardashian’s third dog than go out on New Year’s Eve or make resolutions.

New Year’s Eve is like the prom — expectations are high, much money is spent, and someone always cries at the end. Resolutions are similarly amateurish.

However, with both of my daughters under the age of 4, let’s face it, I’m kind of an amateur mom. Which means there’s room for improvement. And in 2012, I promise to try. Like, really.

Here are the 10 ways I vow to do better next year as it relates to my girls, even though I know that no matter what, one (or all) of us will still end up crying anyway:


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I'm turning over a new mommy leaf in 2012

I Vow to Stop Hiding the Kids Books I Hate Reading

Reading is totally fundamental. But some books are less fundamental than others. In other words, some children’s books just plain suck. And it’s the sucky ones that my 3-year-old seems to pick when it’s my turn to put her to bed. Her happiness is critical, but not much more so than my sanity. If I have to read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad one more time, someone or something will feel the wrath of my flyswatter. Oh wait, this is about turning a new leaf. Let me start again:
I vow to stop hiding the books I hate reading as soon as we donate Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad to the library.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “10 Ways I Vow to Be a Better Mom in 2012 (Come Hell or More Dora)

  1. the original Sarah says:

    Take pictures of your kid’s artwork. That way you have it forever without having a TON of papers forever. Keep only the MOST special pieces.

  2. Mrs_JennyK says:

    LOL about the bathing. I have 8 month old twins and they get bathed once a week. That’s it. I can’t manage it any more often! Re: the chocolate. Mine aren’t old enough to know about my chocolate addiction and they shall never find out. I’ll keep it in a lockbox because I eat expensive chocolate and noyoumaynothaveany.

  3. CW says:

    At least you have girls and are not stuck reading books about trains, trucks, airplanes, and other machinery for years on end, LOL!

  4. Kelly says:

    Ha I do all these things lol but I have a 6 year old and a 4 month old the age difference makes everything easier but for the most part I have done or do most of these things lol Oh and our Dr. said to give him benadryl at night so if the Dr. says so right? :) lol

  5. Liam's mommy says:

    Oh my son knows way too much about chocolate allready, “Thanks Grandma”…
    I swear he can smell it if I try and eat a peice behind his back, he knows, and makes sure I know he is aware of my failed sneakery.

    In 1012 I promise to… not mute the baby monitor in the morning when my son wakes up and wants out of his crib, while I still want to squeeze in another 30 minutes of sleep because I stayed up too late the night before.

  6. Michele says:

    Thank you. I could have written this. But I didn’t. Not because I was busy bathing my 9 month old twins or my 3 year old. But since I am sitting up at 12:45 with one of the babies, I am very curious about the Benadryl. Good night.

  7. Jordi says:

    HAHA! This is brilliant. My two girls are both under four as well and it’s like you’re reading my mind :)

  8. Bre says:

    I love this! I always resolve to be a better mom, but then something shiny catches my attention :)

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