I know some of you parents have JUST started your school year, however I have been in it for around 5 months and counting (yes huh). I rejoiced 5 months ago with the end of summer “Cheers” celebrating the glory days of summer gone by. See this: http://themomcafe.com/happy-new-year/
Now with our New Year half way through, (what, it isn’t?) I have quickly realized that I absolutely need to claim some very critical New Year’s Resolutions in my style of parenting. The vicious cycle must stop with me. (Really it should stop with them, but I’m trying to be all “hero-mom-like”)
Here are my vows:
1. I resolve to not criticize any outfits my children pick out every day for school. That goes for hair accessories and hair-dos of both my SON and daughter.
2. I resolve to not yell at my kids for at least 20 minutes after pick up…even if they are whiny and disrespectful, negative and already fighting. (Okay, make that ten minutes) (five)
3. I resolve to wake up earlier every morning, so that I have MY act together in order to get THEIR act together. (sure)
4. During the dreaded homework time, I resolve to not immediately lose it the second they do something really, really stupid.
5. In fact, I promise to pretend my kids are someone else’s kids, during that grueling hour to three hours of homework time every day. Therefore, I may act much nicer and be much more patient.
6. I resolve to not judge the friends they make or how they play with them…(ie: never asking if the “new friend” is in special education classes, after I meet them) (yes, I did that).
7. I resolve to be a kinder and gentler mom in the mornings, so that my children don’t leave the house feeling cursed for the day.
8. I resolve to pack wholesome and healthy lunches every day for my children. I will leave that very vague, so there is freedom of interpretation. (Fruit snacks are fruit.)
9. I resolve to counsel my children with utmost insight and maturity on any issues that arise at school, before I blame them.
10. And lastly, I resolve to tell them I love them at the end of every single treacherous day, and ask forgiveness for not following through on any of these parenting resolutions.
Any I missed? Please add more to my list, as your school year gets under way!!!!