New Year Resolution, Can You Keep It?

Well with the New Year starting we all have many good intentions of what we would like to do in order to make the upcoming year better. Just about everyone makes a resolution to be more healthy. Like to loose weight or stop smoking or to eat more healthy,  But as we all know we usually never keep these resolutions. by making these are we just setting ourselves up for failure? Like the old saying says the road is paved with good intentions, right? Research says that it is good to make these resolutions and that even though a majority of us slack off and don’t keep them that eventually those of us who do make resolutions are about 10 times more likely to one day achieve those goals that we set out for. What will it take to make us keep them? I am not sure, but statistically we all make them and we all break them. Well according to Proactive Change 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.

The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
– past the first week: 75%
– past 2 weeks: 71%
– after one month: 64%
– after 6 months: 46%

I know that I have a few I would like to make. One I think we all as a whole should do is to strive to make kids come first. Our world is full of people who are in the moment or it is all about me attitudes. We want to wear a certain clothing, live in a big house and drive the fancy cars while our kids are struggling for the family dynamic that makes them feel just as important as all our “stuff”.  Lord knows I don’t have a problem with someone having the “good life”. That is the American Dream so to speak. I admit I have a passion for a nice purse. We all have that one thing that we will work for, it is all good.  I know that at the end of the day, do I really want to sit and play with the kiddos a game or sit and veg on the couch.. We all juggle the options. I am going to personally make a resolution to make more time to do things during the week with the kiddos not just wait until the weekend or some special day. I vow to make every thing else second and kids first no matter to cost. Family first I cry with my arm raised in the air.

I know we can all use a few extra hours in the day and it is easier to send the kid to sit in front of the tv or computer.  But who do you want to raise your kids?

If you are like me I can go “momma bear” if anyone does something to my kids I feel is not right. So why not go and be that passionate about being together more.I know that this will be my Resolution and I will notlet that be just a statistic.

So start small do something you don’t normally do. If you don’t do the read the book before bed thing, try it. Read a chapter story book. It will be something to look forward to the next night so you keep to the promise of reading every night. Plus if you read a good one it just might turn into a movie. My daughter loved that! Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now her class read the Hobbit and it is in theaters!

You could make every Wednesday night home made pizza making night. This can be serious fun. I know I can buy the pizza dough for $2 from the corner NY style pizzeria. That way you know the crust is going to taste good! If on a budget believe it or not a 99 cent pack of flour tortillas makes a fast and easy crust. (use large cookie cutters to make shapes out of tortillas-fun).  If you have a sporty kiddo get off that couch and make the Wii sports night. Not only is the physical exercise going to be good for you, but you will be involved in something your kiddo loves to do. Just do it.. and often! Heck even game company’s like Hasbro is advocating family game night. Have culture night eat, heck even try to prepare some food from a culture you either never tried or from you own family tree. This could be a real learning experience. Try tossing in a few words to say at the dinner table of the language from that country. Plus if you make certain nights always that one thing your kiddo will have something to look forward to .

Kids dont care if you color in a coloring book with them or spend the time coin collecting. It is just spending the time.

Momma Says: Resolutions don’t have to cost anything, except your time and dedication.

New Years Resolution, Can you Keep it?

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