By: Shannon Ralph
I am not big on New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight. Save money. Travel more. Work less. These types of resolutions are typically made, broken, re-made, re-broken, and ultimately forgotten well before January 31st. Though made in good faith, experience has shown me that resolutions are doomed to fail.
That said, however, January does feel like an appropriate time to create change. To set goals. To maybe become a little bit better people than we were in the previous year. And there is no realm in which my desire for improvement could possibly be better directed than in my parenting.
I’m not a bad mom, per se. I’m probably not the best mom on the planet, but my children have yet to assume the fetal position on my living room floor in a mass display of loss of will to live. Sure, they’ve been dropped off at school when school was closed. And on more than one occasion, I may have feigned illness to get out of sitting through another agonizing violin lesson. And maybe I might have almost drowned my daughter when she was a mere toddler by pretending to be asleep in the pool. Oh, yeah, and there was that time I slammed the sliding minivan door on my son’s head. All of that aside, however, I don’t think I’m a horrible parent. But there is definitely a little wiggle room for improvement.
Therefore, I present for your perusal my fifteen parenting goals for 2016. These are not resolutions. I am not resolving to make these changes as much as I am possibly kind of thinking about making these changes. Perhaps. Maybe considering it.
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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