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What Is Your Resolution?

Keeping realistic goals for every day of the year.

Everyone talks about making resolutions with each New Year. Parents make all kinds of resolutions from losing weight to getting credit card bills paid down or even just to spending more quality time with their familes.

The problem is, life has a funny way of distracting us all from these well-meaning hopes and intentions. I must admit that by June each year, I generally have trouble remembering what my resolution was back in January. 

With that thought in mind, my own resolution this year is to work on changing some of my thinking rather than setting specific goals. A resolution like "I must fit into size 4 jeans by June!" can be tough if you have given birth to three kids and haven't been a size 4 since seventh or eighth grade. Keeping a general thought of trying to be more healthy and getting more exercise seems so much more realistic.

Did I mention that I will be participating in a mini-triathalon this year? Have I mentioned that I have never done anything like this before? While this goal seems unattainable and possibly crazy, I never said I would do the race in record time. I can tell you, though, I will finish.

Part of the change in my thinking this year will be to accept challenges rather than standing on the sidelines. Having a big goal to work towards is exciting; it will help keep me in shape and I bet it will feel pretty darn good when I can say, "Mommy Did It!!" and high-five my kids. 

In 2012, I would like to be less judgmental of myself as a parent. Trying to live up to the idea of the "perfect" or "best" parent is impossible. Life is hard enough without expectations. When things get tough, I would rather focus on the bright areas and small opportunities that present themselves. 

Who knows what the next 12 months will bring? Personally, this mom is going to take it one day at a time and try to enjoy every minute of it.

Chatham and Madison Parents: Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? Give us your advice for a fresh start to 2012.  We love hearing from you!

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