So it seems a little predictable to write about resolutions at the start of the new year and Ruth already set us up with a challenge earlier this week but, I thought I’d take a slightly different angle and look at some aims/goals from a parental perspective – particularly to help remind you that you’re ‘More than a Mum’. We often like to assert through MTAM that we are multi-faceted women and being a mum is just one, albeit important, aspect of who we are.
So here are 10 resolutions to hopefully prompt a happy, healthy and positive start to the year. It is by no means a complete list or an authority so feel free to adopt, ignore or add to.
Again and again in study and article it emerges that us mums feel an innate sense of guilt in just about everything we encounter so perhaps your first resolution should be to stop being so hard on yourself.
Make some ‘me-time’ for yourself – a window once a week for you to indulge in something even if it’s simply watching your fave box set.
Start a new hobby – Zumba or Pottery, whatever tickles your fancy – something that involves you getting out of the house by yourself once a week.
Do some exercise – I know it sounds like work not fun but it honestly makes you feel loads better and it doesn’t have to be a triathlon – even a regular walk makes a difference.
Get rid of anything in your life that is pulling you down – be it a person, a habit or a way of thinking. Easier said than done, but you deserve better.
Take some credit for your children’s acheivements and good points and not just the more ‘challenging’ ones. You definitely are a better parent than you think you are.
Get round to doing something you’ve always wanted to do but never feel you have the time for. Write it down and break it into manageable chunks and then just start – no matter how small a first step.
Spend quality time with your good friends without the kids. Spending social time with people who know you and ‘get you’ is not only revitalizing but reminds you how great and loved you are.
Ask for help when you need it. Whether from a partner or a friend – you’ll be surprised how much people want to help you and how good it makes them feel too
Get yourself to a spa! If you can’t afford a weekend then there are some great online voucher deals for an afternoon or half day spa.
Remember we always say, a happy and healthy parent makes for a happy and healthy child!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!