New Year's resolutions my kids asked of me is a sponsored post with pjlibrary.org
Recently amidst my complete meltdown over my kids' and their behaviors we all sat on the couch and as I was doling out their punishments I decided it was time we had an old-fashioned heart-t0-heart family meeting. That's right I went into full-on Mike Brady- let's get to the heart of our dynamics and figure out how to make things better- minus having good old Alice to serve us milk and cookies as we got into the thick of our family's interpersonal relationships.
After I confiscated all their tech devices I figured I would give them an opportunity to air their grievances in honor of festivus. One thing I've learned about parenting is the idea that my kids need to be validated, and as such, treated as individuals with their own sense of self. Their words and their beliefs need to be heard and so I gave them both the floor- to share their truths and ultimately their resolutions for 2020.
New Year's resolutions my kids asked of me
Me: So kids tell me- how can we make our family better in 2020?
Resolution #1 ( which my son has asked me to do in 2020)– Less Vacuuming.
My son: Well mommy I really wish you would stop vacuuming so much.
Me: I only vacuum because the dogs get their treats all over the place and I hate stepping on the crumbs.
My son: Well mommy I don't care about the crumbs, but I hate the sound of a vacuum.
( clearly this kid is going to grow up and have an aversion to vacuums an naturally it will be all my fault that he will refuse to vacuum his humble abode)
Resolution #2 (which my daughter has asked me to do) Stop taking so many pictures.
My daughter: Mommy I really think you need to stop taking so many pictures of us.
Me: I think you just don't like taking pictures and you know what, that is your right, and I am sorry if I force you to pose for me. I just want to capture every moment and save it. I know it sounds silly- but I feel like you are growing up so fast and my way of freezing time is freezing you in those moments. I know I have to respect you and I promise I will take less pictures… of you.
Resolution #3 (which my son asked me to do) Tuck him in at night.
My son: Daddy always tucks me in but maybe you can tuck me in too, if you are not too tired or busy.
(Did I mention this kid has guilt down to a SCIENCE?)
Me: Of course my sweet boy, as long as I can also wear footy pj's.
Resolution #4 (which my daughter asked me to do) Stop expecting me to get excited like you do.
My daughter: Maybe you don't see it but I am happy inside. I shouldn't have to smile all the time. I'm not like you.
Me: I know- you are right, I can't expect you to act like me. You are your own person and I just need to remember that we don't express our enthusiasm and happiness the same way.
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