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7 Resolutions I’m Serious About Keeping

Dear Kid,

Happy New Year! Wishing you a wonderful, happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016! DearKidLoveMom.comYou may have noticed a wee bit of sarcasm in yesterday’s blog about New Year’s Resolutions and the best way to go about keeping them. You may also have noticed a wee bit of cynicism the day before when I talked about the resolutions I will never ever even attempt to keep.

To be fair, you might have noticed more than a wee drop. (And, as they say, a little goes a long way.)

So (hang onto your hat, kiddo) I decided to take a moment and write some very real and serious resolutions. No joke.

In 2016, I resolve to

  1. Appreciate every moment with the Puppy because I know he won’t be here forever.
  2. Make time to spend with friends—even if we do absolutely nothing when we’re together.
  3. Wear a piece of good jewelry at least once a month. I love my costume jewelry, but every now and then wearing the real thing makes me feel special.
  4. Drink more water and eat less sugar.
  5. Schedule “Date Night” at least once a month.
  6. Pay more attention to people than to technology.
  7. Tell my kids how much I love them and how proud I am of them. Even if they roll their eyes when I tell them.

Love you kiddo. Have a wonderful 2016.

Love, Mom

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10 Resolutions I Will Absolutely, Positively Keep

Dear Kid,

New Year’s Resolutions can be very hard to keep. Yesterday I listed 7 that I realized I had no interest in keeping even as I wrote them. After that, I realized that the ability to keep resolutions has very little to do with willpower and everything to do with how you write the resolutions in the first place.

Therefore, I’ve created a list of resolutions I will absolutely, positively keep.

For 2016, I resolve to stay on a diet. For at least 6 minutes. DearKidLoveMom.comIn 2016, I resolve

  1. To wake up—at least once a day.
  2. Not to buy purple shoes in size 5 (I wear a 7 ½).
  3. To shop for a new pair of rain boots (possibly to even find a pair I like).
  4. To eat on a regular basis.
  5. To root for the Bengals—no matter what.
  6. To walk at least a mile. Every month. (Isn’t it wonderful having a Fitbit that can measure these things?)
  7. To stay on a diet. For at least 6 minutes.
  8. Not to remodel the kitchen.
  9. Not to go into the attic in our house (in the 18 years we’ve lived here, I’ve never once ventured up there and I see no reason to start now).
  10. To see at least one movie (made for TV movies count).

See how easy it can be to keep resolutions? Bet you’re not going to buy size 5 purple pumps either…

Love, Mom

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New Year’s Resolutions and Technology

Erma Bombeck Resolutions DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

We’re winding down winter vacation and warming up to a balmy 38 degrees today. According to the weather forecasters (3% accuracy rating), we will warm up long enough for half the ice to melt off my car (conveniently, the backup camera will not be one of the spots that melts), then we’ll have rain. And snow. Probably a heat wave and dust storms following that.

Booker has joined the New Year’s Resolution Trend and asked begged insisted that we play fetch after our morning walk and before breakfast. Because he isn’t really a fetching sort of dog (he’s very good at the chase-it-down part and often replaces the bring-it-back part with chew-on-it-for-a-while), I’ve learned to rotate toys. Bring back the squeaky skunk and I’ll throw the limbless orange bear. Bring back the orange bear and I’ll throw the squeaky donut. Bring back the donut and I’ll throw the piece of cloth that used to be a dragon. All interspersed with the occasional tug-of-kill-it. As in, we each hold on to the toy and Booker shakes his head to kill it. I find that hilarious. Happy to report we have no live toys at the moment.

Usually, when we play before breakfast it is for a few minutes before his tummy calls an official time out for food. Today, in true New Year’s Resolution fashion, we kept playing and playing. I finally had to use the Power of Mom to end the game and move the morning along.

As I type, he is sleeping off the excessive bout of exercise.

In other news, I am having a problem with technology. Not really news. But this isn’t about getting the electric kettle to work or some other Truly Difficult Programming Problem. The problem is I like the really cool stuff when it is brand new, impossible to get, and crazy expensive. Like the new e-ink clocks. Don’t bother making a note to buy it for me once the price drops. By then I’ll have moved on to my latest techno-crush and have no interest. It’s a pattern I keep repeating. Frustrating to be sure, but unintentionally very good for my wallet as I never buy anything. By the time I can afford to purchase (fill in cool techno gizmo here), I’m either just plain not interested or it’s been replace by Gen2 Cool Techno Gizmo and I decide to wait for the next one.

Which means I am still writing with clay and a stylus. In the snow. Going uphill. For miles.

Love, Mom

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Happy New Year | What Are Your Plans for 2014?

2014 Happy New Year DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

It’s official. The Year is Gone—Long Live 2014.

I have mixed feelings about New Year’s as a celebration. I love the optimism of the birth of a new year. I love the chance to say I can wipe the slate clean and become the person I really want to be. I love the opportunity to think about the changes I want to make. And the appetizers are generally really good.

On the other hand, I’m not sure that there is anything particularly magical about January 1st (with the exception of Cousin Steven’s Birthday which is always magical). We have the ability to take stock any day of the year, to make lasting change regardless of the date on the calendar. Statistics show that most people don’t keep their new year’s resolutions more than 3 days and 42 seconds (yet they spend 3 weeks writing their resolutions). If we know that, why do we insist on drafting resolutions every year, on making promises to ourselves that we have no real intention of keeping?

Because we really do want to make change. We really do strive to be better. We truly want to lose 10 pounds, go to the gym every day, get started hunting for a summer job, do our chores on time, get better grades. And January 1 gives us a minute to take a deep breath, list out those intentions and make a real start. Even if we didn’t make it to Day 4 last year, we have the chance to do better this year.

Studies have proven that trying to make a zillion changes at once is generally not successful. People are more likely to make real change (that lasts longer than 259,242 seconds) by making small, incremental changes rather than trying to revamp their entire existence.

So think about who you want to be and what you want to achieve in 2014. Make plans to take manageable, incremental steps to reach those goals, and go for it. Be the best you possible in this new year.

Wishing you a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2014.

Love, Mom

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Binker by A. A. Milne

Binker-what I call him-is a secret of my own,
And Binker is the reason why I never feel alone.
Playing in the nursery, sitting on the stair,
Whatever I am busy at, Binker will be there.

Oh, Daddy is clever, he’s a clever sort of man,
And Mummy is the best since the world began,
And Nanny is Nanny, and I call her Nan-

But they can’t See Binker.

Binker’s always talking, ‘cos I’m teaching him to speak
He sometimes likes to do it in a funny sort of squeak,
And he sometimes likes to do it in a hoodling sort of roar…
And I have to do it for him ‘cos his throat is rather sore.

Oh, Daddy is clever, he’s a clever sort of man,
And Mummy knows all that anybody can,
And Nanny is Nanny, and I call her Nan-

But they don’t Know Binker.

Binker’s brave as lions when we’re running in the park;
Binker’s brave as tigers when we’re lying in the dark;
Binker’s brave as elephants. He never, never cries…
Except (like other people) when the soap gets in his eyes.

Oh, Daddy is Daddy, he’s a Daddy sort of man,
And Mummy is as Mummy as anybody can,
And Nanny is Nanny, I call her Nan…

But they’re not like Binker.

Binker isn’t greedy, but he does like things to eat,
So I have to say to people when they’re giving me a sweet,
“Oh, Binker wants a chocolate, so could you give me two?”
And then I eat it for him, cos his teeth are rather new.

Well, I’m very fond of Daddy, but he hasn’t time to play,
And I’m very fond of Mummy, but she sometimes goes away,
And I’m often cross with Nanny when she wants to brush my hair…

But Binker’s always Binker, and is certain to be there.

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