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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Set the Bar Low

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New Year’s resolutions are kind of like your forays into scrapbooking: sounds like a good idea at the time, but then you become overwhelmed and you have to tell your husband you just spent $100 at Michael’s for no reason. (Without the Michael’s part.) Why not steer clear of the lofty goals that never seem to work out, and pick some of these more attainable mom-oriented goals instead?

1. Limit phone time …

… unless the kids are really being annoying. Focusing on your kids is great, unless they are behaving like something out of The Exorcist. You know what they always say, better to appear disengaged than to scream your head off. (Well, nobody says that, but they should.)

2. Get more sleep …

… once your baby is a toddler. Because any new mom knows that “sleep when the baby sleeps” is a fictional, delusional saying, kind of like “when you breastfeed, the weight just falls off!”

3. Make romance a priority …

… if your husband helps with chores. When you’re the one making dinner, cleaning up, bathing the kids, and putting them to bed, you can’t be blamed for feeling a little bit unromantic. However, if he gets up with the baby and cleans the toilets, then hello, sailor.

4. Cook more vegetables for your kids …

… but don’t stress if they don’t eat them. You know what, nobody ever died from eating chicken nuggets and Goldfish but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t model healthy eating habits. Like, say, a dinner comprised of leftover Chinese, wine, and baby carrots.

5. Get rid of any clothes that don’t fit you …

… except the really cute ones. Everyone needs a pair of low-rise jeans from college in their closet. And hey, if you amputated a leg, they might fit again!

6. Go to the gym more …

… than the previous year. So basically if you go twice in 2016, you’re golden.

7. Be more positive …

… except when things really suck. Yes, it’s great to be cheerful and look on the bright side, but when your toddler is puking and your car needs a new transmission and your mother-in-law just dropped by unexpectedly, only a Stepford Wife could keep a smile on her face.

8. Reach out more to friends …

… any way you can. Don’t beat yourself up for not having cute Moms Night Out pictures in your Facebook feed if you’re co-sleeping with a toddler or you just haven’t clicked with any of the moms in the PTA. Call your best friend, email your old coworker, or even your ex-best friend that flirted with your now-husband that time … okay, maybe not her.

9. Try something new …

… even if it’s something small. Crossfit and swing dancing are great, but when you have small kids at home, they may not be the best options. But trying out a new recipe or a new workout video — or a new margarita? These are doable.

10. Drink less …

… before 5 PM. After that, all bets are off. What are you, some kind of saint?

Article Posted 3 years Ago
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