One week into the new year… How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?
I already told you about the one resolution that stuck for me… I’m hoping my resolution this year will go as well.
Am I trying to lose weight?
Keep my house clean?
Quit a bad habit?
Well, I guess in a way maybe I do… I want to change how I interact with my children. I want to become a more gentle and loving mother.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my children more than the world. What I want is to make sure they know that, EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. And not just because I tell them. I want them to know I love them through my actions – after all, actions speak louder than words. Right?
My goals? To not raise my voice as often, to THINK before I speak and NOT use hurtful words, and to tame my temper which has had me spank my children a few times lately before I even realized I was doing it.
The challenge on WomenLivingWell.org is perfect timing for me, with the first week of the challenge coinciding with the beginning of the new year.
This week the challenge asks us to slow down, to listen more, to hug more, to smile more… The goal here is to slowly implement changes to replace those negative ones – the yelling, the over-disciplining, the “grouchy mean Mommy” stuff…
So I’m off to play more and sneak in a few hugs. And when my daughter spills water on the floor for the umpteenth time, I will help her clean it up and NOT lecture her for the millionth time to be more careful. And I will say more than a few prayers for extra patience.
After all, none of us can do it alone.