I can’t resist a good stab at some resolutions. I’ve never been one to make a huge list, or proclaim something like “I’m going to do xx every single day this year!” I know things like that never work. But I do like to think of a new year as a new opportunity. A chance to do some personal reflection, and identify some things that you’d like to change or improve in the coming year.
I have a number of personal resolutions drawn up for myself. They range from things like “read more” to “stop procrastinating.” Like I said, just some areas for improvement. A few of them are pretty parenting-specific, so I thought I’d share those here.
Here are five things I’d like to improve on in the coming year…
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Keep documenting 1 of 5This isn't really a big change, but I want to make sure I keep up with documenting all the changes and milestones with each month. I thought about stopping Cullen's monthly updates after his first birthday, but I've found that strictly for my own selfish reasons, I really like keeping track of his monthly development. I love reading the old posts and seeing what he was doing at different ages, and I love having a digital history of his life to date. It's getting harder as he gets older, but I want to keep writing as much as I can before I forget it!
Complain less 2 of 5It's easy to get bogged down in day to day annoyances. Skipped naps feel devastating. Too much rain can feel isolating. Barking dogs can be frustrating. But my hope this year is to focus much more on the bigger (happier) picture, and to stop worrying so much about the day to day stuff. Not every day will be perfect, but most of them are, and I need to remember that.
Take more videos 3 of 5There is no shortage of photos of this poor child. If the sun is shining, you can bet I've got my camera in my hand. Over the course of Cullen's first year, I took a LOT of videos, because I knew I wanted to piece together a one year video for his birthday. I did, and it is now one of my favorite treasures. But since then I've slowed down a bit. He's running around all the time, so he can be hard to capture, but I need to make a point to get my camera out a few times a week and capture his current quirks.
Find more time for me 4 of 5This is nothing new. I've talked about it a lot this past year. But I'm going to do less talking and more doing this year. In fact, I've already started. I've scheduled in some regular exercise time, started taking some Barre classes, and have picked up recreational reading again. It feels good to be a bit more connected with myself.
Create more toddler-friendly recipes 5 of 5On my personal blog, Daily Garnish, I do a lot of cooking and post a few healthy recipes each week. I've found that cooking for families and kids has really become a passion of mine this year, and I'd like to carry that forward into my work. My hope is to make more toddler-friendly recipes, rather than just give meal ideas - things the whole family can eat together. Yum!