Okay Olympia moms, it’s that time of year again. The time when New Year’s Resolutions are typically made. However, keep in mind New Year’s Resolutions are often a bad idea. Many times moms make lofty goals, such as I want to be the perfect mom, the perfect wife, have a completely clean and organized house or have the body I had when I was 20 years old. The goals are unrealistic and not likely attainable.
First of all, NO mother or wife is perfect. Parent/child and marital relationships are awash with ups and downs. Good days and bad days. Clean days and messy days. There is no one way to be a PERFECT mom or wife.
Second, I have never been in the home of a mom with small children that is COMPLETELY clean and organized (unless they have cleaning help… which doesn’t count!). Kids are messy. Husbands are messy. Life is messy. A spotless home is not necessarily a happy home.
Third, it is an admirable goal to want to exercise, just don’t set your goal too high. The average mother is not going to ever look like she did when she was 19. Get a grip and reevaluate. Aim to be healthy, happy and physically fit. Don’t get your sites locked on a certain number on the scale or you are likely to be disappointed.
Moms with these types of New Years Resolutions are discouraged when they are unable to attain them quickly. After all, there will be a day your children drive you so crazy you accidentally yell or a day when those chocolate chip cookies are just calling your name (opps… not so perfect after all!) So, this year let’s do it differently! Let’s not try to be perfect, let’s just try to be as good as we can be. After all, no one is a better mother to your child than you are.
This series of articles will focus on ways to make your life in 2012 fuller, less hectic and overall happier. Not specific New Year’s Resolutions, but rather suggestions to enrich your relationships and general outlook on life.
Keep watching for Part II of this series: A healthier, happier New Year: Take more time for yourself!
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