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Springtime Resolve

How are your New Year's resolutions holding up?  Yeah. Same here.
But, cheer up, Moms, it's March!  And even though where I live is only twenty degrees and snow still blankets the ground, I am finding some springtime resolve.
Here goes:
I will remember that a bad day is a good day when no one's throwing up.
I will be more concerned about the child than the carpet when she is throwing up.
I will, without apology, be the nutrition, television and hygiene police.
I will use the television as a babysitter--on rare occasion and as if it cost $10 an hour.
I won't accept criticism from parents who have half the kids and twice the money.
More kids and less house is more fun than more house and less kids.
More house and more kids is more fun than either of the above.
Cleanliness is not next to godliness.
I will cheerfully accept muddy glasses of water and jelly smeared kisses.
I will always deliver on a promise--be it for reward or punishment.
I will lower my voice instead of raising it when scolding my children.
I will convince myself that a camping trip is a vacation.
I will convince myself that  a grocery store trip is not.
I will remember that teenagers and two year olds sometimes have a lot in common.
Disrespect in the form of  back talk, grunts, or the rolling of even half an eyeball will not be tolerated in my home.
I'm the mother, I'm the mother, I'm the mother.
I will not allow any amount of begging, pleading, or whining prevent me from teaching my children to work hard.
I will pretend not to be shocked when my teenager confides in me.
I will set a "Do what a I do, not just what I say," example for my children.
No matter what, I will treat my children like the treasures that they are.
I will not just parent on the side, I will parent with abandon.
"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward."  Psalm 127:3 (NASB)

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Meredith Wiegman on Saturday, March 05, 2011 2:56 AM
I am really struggling with the "television as babysitter" issue. I would really like to do what you do, and say no TV Mon. through Thursday. But then I'm left with the dilemma of finding an activity that will keep my kids busy and happy in the afternoon while I'm making dinner. That time is definitely the "witching hour" for me! My other excuse is the winter--my kids just aren't as active outdoors, so they are inside more and thus watching more TV. Wow, I'm good with coming up with excuses!
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margie on Saturday, March 05, 2011 9:18 AM
I have always thought it would be easier to raise kids in a place where there is little or no winter. You have proven me right!

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