We had a dinner party a few days ago (because we concluded that our lack of babysitter meant we were NEVER EVER getting out of the house, so we would bring people to us!), and one of the guests was a real New Year Resolution type of gal. She believes, as do I, that it is possible to change your life (if you want it enough).
Then I remembered that last year, I had in fact made some resolutions with Jinny Ditzler’s Best Year Yet book. I found the crumpled piece of paper stuffed into the front of my 2012 diary; so lets see how I did (hides behind computer monitor):
Learn enough German to speak to Missy M’s teacher
Ho hum. Another year, another language goal, this time tangled up with parenting guilt. I can speak to the teacher, but with a great deal of arm waving, Google translate service on my iPhone, and the teacher remembering random English words.
Get on time to stuff with Missy M
This covers one of parent’s major sources of stress – how to get your children out of the front door, with all equipment, all clothing on and on the correct limb, and actually arriving on time, with sanity intact. It was mine too. With the added bonus of the Swiss Cultural hangup about time. So I bought a bigger watch, and now run the mornings like a military exercise (but without the shouting).
So what Parenting New Years Resolutions would I like to work towards this year?
– To listen more than I talk
– To not always need an explanation for behaviour, but look for the feeling behind it
– To wait before opening my mouth – usually the first witty retort is not the best response!
– To continue the great battle to get to Kindergarden on-time
So what are your Parenting New Year Resolutions for 2013?