My oldest said “I don’t believe in new years resolutions, because you don’t keep them anyway.”
I stopped, I cannot believe that I have been doing this all these years, but had not passed the practice onto my child who is about to go out on her own.
Not only do I make them and I keep them.
I explained to her that every year I think through what I have done, what I want to do and I post my resolutions on my blog for everyone to see. It keeps me honest, and it gives me some place to go and remind myself about what I promised myself that I would do for me.
She asked, “like what? What are your resolutions.” I explained, last year I resolved to spend more time with my family. Did I keep it? I asked.
“We might have spent too much time together” she answered.
“That’s just a goal.”
But that is exactly what a resolution is. A public declaration of a goal that you have for yourself.
So she thought for a bit, then asked “can going to college be my resolution?” It can be but why not dig deeper? Resolve to go to college with $5,000, no $10,000 in scholarship money. That will push you to really try your best to reach that goal this year.
From the back seat I hear a little voice “So mommy… what’s your resolution this year?”
This year we will buy a new house, baby. I will not give up because it is hard, I will save the money and go through the NACA program like aunt Erica told me about, sell this house and buy a new house that will comfortably fit our new bigger family. It’s going to be a long road but I am gonna do it. I am also going to be nicer to daddy.
That’s a good one mommy, you should be nicer to daddy.