During this past week, there has been so much on my mind, mostly pertaining to parenting.
As I sit here comparing pictures of my daughter from Christmas one year ago to the ones from this Christmas, I am taken aback at how much she has changed and grown.
She was almost 2 months last Christmas, and now she’s almost 14 months. She is learning things so quickly, and becoming more and more independent every day.
I am writing this post because the hard reality of time was highlighted to me this past week. We never know how much time we have with anyone, even ourselves here on earth. So make the best of every day.
Let the dishes sit, while you snuggle your child. Let the laundry pile up a little bit more as you read books together.
Make sure your children, and spouse are your priority.
I never want to look back and think, ” I should have snuggled her more…I should have…” I know people say this a lot, but this needs to be an action, make it your new year resolution. I know you won’t regret it.
Before or after choosing your new year resolution, we highly recommend you spend time with your family choosing your family’s goals for the new year. We do this every year, and write them all on a sheet of paper and hang somewhere we will see them everyday.
The different categories include financial goals, spiritual goals, fun goals, educational goals, items we would like to purchase in the new year, family goals, and anything else we want to put on there.
Remember, your resolution for the new year should be just one thing you plan to focus on during the new year which will impact all your other goals for the year. Let it be concise, brief and straight to the point.
If you have family or personal goals for the new year, also ensure they meet the goal setting criteria based on the S.M.A.R.T. principle. It should be SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC, and TIME BOUND. Hence, by ….. day, month, or year, you need to assess your new year resolution to see if you followed through all your action steps and where you went wrong in accomplishing them. In addition, assess your family and personal goals too, preferably with your spouse and/or family.
What is your New Year resolution?