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Family Resolutions for 2012

January 4, 2012

We spent New Year’s Eve day purging toys and scrubbing the house from top to bottom.  The intent was to start off the New Year with a clean house so we have no excuses for slacking on our first New Year’s resolution.  The next day, I had the kids put their own resolutions to paper so we could hang them on the fridge as reminders of what we need to improve.  Here’s what we came up with:

Resolution #1:  (for the whole household) Keep a neater house.

All five of us need to work on this.  My own procrastination habits are starting to manifest themselves in my kids.  No more leaving things around.  When we finish with something, we put it away.  This rule applies to toys, glasses, paperwork, laundry, dishes, mail, shoes, jackets, everything.

Resolution #2:  (this one is mine)  Exercise at least three days per week.

When life gets busy, my workouts or runs are always the first thing I quickly give up.  No more.  Time to recognize how much better I feel, both physically and mentally when I exercise regularly.  This is about saving my sanity as well as my waistline.  I have my gym membership and three mornings with all kids in school.  No excuses.

Resolution #3:  (for me to uphold for my kids’ sake) Schedule more playdates for my kids.

They are great kids.  They deserve some fun.  While I love how much they love each other and get along so well, they still get a little shy around other kids.  More playdates might mean a little more craziness, but my kids could use a bit more crazy in their lives.

Resolution #4:  (my second grader’s goal)  “I need to get outside more.”

“I need to get outside more. Robbie 2012”

Great goal for this kid.  He’s an excellent reader, but takes after me a little too much in that he’d rather have his nose in a book than run around outside.  He came up with this one all on his own, after rejecting all other suggestions I offered.

Resolution #5:  (my Kindergartener’s turn)  “I help my mommy and daddy clean.”

“I help my mommy and daddy clean.” Scottie 2012

Now, this could be due to the fact that we nagged and harped all day New Year’s Eve to get them to clean up their playroom, but I like to think he just wants to be helpful.  (HA!)

What you don’t see in this picture is what he added right below his New Year’s resolution.

“I wish I had every Angry Bird.”

That says “I wish I could have every Angry Bird.”  This is also the same kid who put “I want three billion dollars” on his Christmas list to Santa.

I think we may need to add a Resolution #6:  Be satisfied with what you have.

So those are my family’s goals for the new year.  I’m hoping to actually stick to them better than other resolutions in years past.  What have you resolved to do this year?  I’d love to hear your goals in the comments!

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