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Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is a great one for all of you.
As with the beginning of every year, I have lots of hopes and resolutions. I thought I’d share some that have worked for me in the past, that have made family life even better, and some that I’m going to try out this coming year.
I’m no child psychologist so maybe I’m wrong with this theory, but in our family, it’s true. The happier I am, the more content and at peace are my children. They become less demanding of me and I enjoy spending time with them again. That’s why, at the beginning of the year, I need to make sure I build things into my daily and weekly schedule that make me feel happy. Whether it’s finding time to hang out with friends, taking time to exercise, having quiet time to read and journal – whatever. If I don’t prioritise this my life will feel a bit more chaotic and family life will follow in that stream.
This applies equally to me as to my children. I try to do all my work while my children are at school but my laptop is always on our kitchen counter and it’s very tempting to check e-mails and reply in the afternoons. I need to move out of this habit. My business doesn’t pay me yet to work around the clock and it’s not what I desire, so I need to remind myself of this and remind myself that this time is for my children. I want to model this so that in 10 years time when I have 2 teenagers, they know it’s unacceptable to have their faces in their phones or computers all the time and that communicating with people face to face is more important than online.
I’m very aware that my kids are only young once and in a few short years, they won’t want to be spending the same amount of time with our family. I feel that if I set family traditions now, they may end up being times that they will value as they grow older. Some of the family traditions that we’ve started is a Family Games Night on a Friday Night, where we take it in turns to choose a board game to play together, having pancakes together on Saturday mornings and having a movie night together on Saturday evenings. What family traditions do you have in your family?
When I have too many resolutions, I give up easier as they are harder to maintain, so these three will do me for 2018! Have you set any resolutions for your lifestyle and family this year? I’d love to hear them.
Have a wonderful new year,