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A Mother's New Years Resolutions

Around our house, a new year always stirs up talk of new goals. Here are my goals- some old, some new- for 2017.  

I will not scold happy noise. 

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

I will increase book and board game time and decrease screen time in my home. 

I will not tolerate back talk in any form, including duh, huh, or a rolling of even half an eyeball.

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

I will find the balance between Helicopter Mom and Tiger Mom.

I will use the television as a babysitter, sparingly and as if it costs $10 an hour.

I will get rid of lots of stuff. 

I will continue to put Captain Fun, my husband of 30 years, before the children.  We will be together long after the kids are gone. 

Captain Fun and I will keep celebrating each anniversary, big time, for what it is: a major accomplishment. 

I will not take offense when people mistake me for Hope's grandmother.  She is #10, after all, and twenty five years younger than #1.  

I will resist the urge to treat that baby as if I am her grandmother. 

There are two types of grandmothers, the lonely and the tired. When that season comes, I shall strive to be the tired. 

I will try to follow Mom Dot's advice:  Live a very long time, but don't get old. 

No matter how old my children get, I will keep singing them that favorite childhood song (they all know it): Read your Bible, pray every day and you'll grow, grow, grow.

As my nest begins to empty I will remember that motherhood is the only position where working yourself out of a job actually means you've done your job.  

I will embrace each season. 

I wills strive to treat my children like the treasures they are. 


Happy New Year to all you mamas! 

6 Comments to A Mother's New Years Resolutions :

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Debbie on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:22 PM
Baby Sister you are so wise! I'm a tired Grandmother! Thank You for knowing the difference! Your kids will love you if you're the tired Grandmother, but who could blame you! Love you dearly!
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margie on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 11:57 AM
Thank you faithful reader and faithful sister! I love you.

Renee Byars on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 11:36 AM
Margie, I love this! You are such an inspiration to so many of us with your insight and positive attitude.
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Margie on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 11:59 AM
Renee- so great to hear from you, friend! So many fun memories of you. Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you at the next reunion!

Paula Coli on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 4:54 PM
Love that Margie! You are so gifted! Love your words of wisdom! Happy New Year! May all your resolutions deliver all you put forth!
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Sherry on Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:49 PM
This blog is going out in our February newsletter, but by then I think most of our moms will have already read it, the way they are sharing it. Love you and proud of you.
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