New Year's Resolutions: Baby Steps

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New Year's Resolutions: Baby Steps

December 31, 2013
posted by Tracy Baldwin

The New Year’s Baby will take on new meaning to me this year—he will remind me it’s all about baby steps.  I came to this realization when I created my annual list of what I hope to accomplish in the year ahead—and I also looked back at what I had hoped to accomplish last year.  With three kids, time is a rare commodity for me, and so yet again, I failed at keeping my resolutions or achieving my goals.  So I’ve decided I would take a new approach this year – doing something is better than doing nothing.

So my resolution to exercise three times a week will become exercise three times this year. And my resolution to create a household budget and stick to it will become save money each month for kids college fund. My resolution to read a book each month, will become read one book this year. 

I think my problem is that I aim too high, and then am overwhelmed by the goal, or what I SHOULD be doing, that I do nothing.  My New Year’s resolution:  do SOMETHING.  Something is better than nothing.  I’ll try and take a walk this week, and start a college fund, where I will deposit $50.  I’ll find a book I’ve been wanting to read, and start to read it.  I have to start somewhere.  It is baby steps that will get me to my goals. 

As a parent—I also resolve to spend more time with my kids each year.  But what does that really mean? How do I do that?  I found a great blog on Huffington Post with some helpful tips on how to spend time with our kids and REAP what we sow:  Reduce (as in our time spent on electronics), Explain (as in taking time to explain answers to our kids questions rather than reply “I’m too busy right now), Air (as is “get outside and play!” with your kids) and Play (as in us asking to play with our kids, instead of the other way around.)  These goals all seem doable.  I just need to take baby steps, right?

What are your resolutions this year?