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A Mother's New Year Resolutions

Some old, some new, but here they are--

A Mother's New Year Resolutions. 

I will not scold happy noise. 

I will use the TV as a babysitter-- rarely and as if it costs $10 an hour. 

I will give my kids a 1970's summer. 

I will, without apology, be the nutrition, grammar, hygiene, wardrobe, curfew and screen police. 

I will, without apology, require uncompensated help around the house. It's called being part of a family. 

I will, without apology, put my husband's and children's ambitions before my own.

I will, if necessary, fight the screens to the death (the screens' death, that is). 

I will not tolerate disrespect in any form, be it back talk, sighs or the rolling of eyes. 

I'm the mother.  I'm the mother.  I'm the mother. 

I will not be a helicopter mom. 

I will not be a tiger mom. 

I will be a balanced mom. 

I will keep in touch with my girlfriends.  We need each other. 

As I enter a new parenting season and (after 28 years) leave the baby years behind, I will strive to run my house properly, resisting the temptation to eat bon-bons on the couch.

I will allow my kids to get dirty, get hurt and make mistakes. 

I will take a nap everyday. 

I will put my phone down. 

I will pick my kids up. 

When the younger generation is jumping off a cliff, I will not pack my kids a parachute and tell them to be careful.  I will, instead, remember what my mother asked me:  

If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff, too? 

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward." 
                                                            Psalm 127: 3

Nine out of ten Sims kids in a pyramid --Happy New Year! 

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