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In the spirit of New Years, the beginning of the school year offers a fresh start for students and parents. I find myself aspiring to be the best mom, wife, childbirth educator, business owner and woman. I’m cognizant of not “overdoing it,” but I’m also eager to make positive changes. Here are seven School Year Resolutions:
1. Make Eye Contact with my kids when they’re talking to me. Unless doing so would put our lives at risk, i.e., whilst driving or riding my bike. Too often I find myself distracted when speaking to my kids. I’m either on a device, cleaning up spilled goldfish, or focusing on a different child. I want them to know how valued they are and direct eye contact is the least I can do.
2. Involve my children in cooking and cleaning. My two younger children started a Montessori preschool and the child centric ethos and emphasis on autonomy inspires me to involve my kids more in everyday activities.
3. Daily outside exercise for the family. Texas’ weather can hinder outdoor activities, but as the leaves turn and autumn approaches the excuses to get outside wane.
4. Use my inside voice. I aspire to keep my cool and not loose my patience with the kids. I know that staying level headed and speaking more quietly when I’m frustrated can help keep the “out of control” moments in-check.
5. Drive Safely. All too often I’m reaching for a dropped toy, wiping snotty noses, changing the radio station, reprimanding one kid for bothering another, all whilst driving. I aim to implement the “It’ll have to wait until I’m at a red light” rule.
6. Smother with positive regard. Many times when the kids are playing quietly and nicely I purposefully ignore them so as not to jinx the precious and albeit too rare moment of serenity. However, I know that these are the moments that deserve mounds of praise and I have to seize them.
7. Read more to inspire my mini readers and feed my soul. Do as I say not as I do is a recipe for disaster. This school year I’m going to lead by example.