Instead of focusing on those pesky five pounds gained over the holidays or my ridiculously disorganized bedroom closet, I’d like to channel all my resolution efforts in to being the best mom I can be. Here are a few things I would like to work on to do just that.
Remember What Matters
A few months ago, MKE Moms Blog Contributor Laura shared this post encouraging us to always think about what really matters. The post really resonated with me. Far too often, I am too concerned about the pile of laundry or stack of dishes in the sink. In the long run, none of that matters. What matters is the time I spend playing with my son, or sitting and enjoying a beer and conversation with my husband. As a friendly reminder, I put a note on my fridge, simply stating “What matters?” Hopefully, this encourages me to focus on the important things in my day-to-day life. Just as Laura stated in her original post, I don’t want to look back on this time in my life wishing I’d have spent more time soaking it all in.
As a mom, I spend so much of my trying to keep the family on a routine. After all, according to the experts, our little ones are supposed to thrive on routine, and I do believe that to be true. However, I think it is equally important to occasionally break the regularly scheduled program for a little fun and excitement. I’d like to make an effort to include more fun, spontaneous adventures in our everyday life. In the new year, I want to sometimes keep Callum up past his bedtime to watch a movie, or sneak out for donuts in our pajamas, or skip a nap to spend a few more hours at the zoo. And, when we are being spontaneous, I’m going to try not to stress out about how it’s affecting our usual routine. Because, chances are, it’s really not. Instead, it will be an exceptional day that will be remembered for being out of the ordinary.
Finally, I’d like to make a conscious effort to just play more. At the park, I want to run across the bridge and go down the slide. Not just sit and watch my son play. I want to build towers and bridges. Not just pick them up. I want my son to remember me as the type of mom who experienced all the fun things with him, instead of the mom who sat on the sidelines.
So, here’s to a 2016 filled with more spontaneity, more playing, and less time spent on the things that just don’t really matter. I have a feeling it’s going to be a really great year.