Let The New Year Begin!!!

May Your 2015 Be Filled With Love, Health And Joy!

May Your 2015 Be Filled With Love, Health And Joy!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season! Have you set your New Year’s Resolutions for the year? My 2015 resolution is to work less around the home and make more time to play with my family. As a mom my life is so jam packed with everything I have to do in the day I find I don’t have the time to enjoy just being with my family as much as I would like. Even when my children were little I was always more the caregiver/housemaid and my husband the playful parent. Not that we didn’t do lots of things together just that I wish I had done more.

One of my kid’s favorite activities when they were little was blowing bubbles outside. They loved watching the way the bubbles, especially really big ones reflected the light and scenery around them, turning different colors with the sun’s reflection. We used to blow bubbles in the rain too so they wouldn’t pop when they hit the ground and the kids would run around trying to stomp on them all.

Their next favorite activity was playing with sidewalk chalk. We would draw roads all over the end of our street and the kids would draw a house each and ride their bikes and toy cars over the roads to each other’s homes all day long. My daughter Anya still loves drawing with sidewalk chalk only today it is road art being created instead of roadways.

Now that my kids are getting older there are still activities we enjoy doing together. My kids love hosting games nights with our friends where we play board games, card games and electronic games of all sorts young and old. We love going for walks out in nature or just up to the mall, and going out for lunch or movies together one on one. These are some of the things I want to do more of in 2015. I would also like to make sure we get in at least one if not more camping trips this year as it is something we all love and haven’t made time for the last couple of years.

So this year I encourage you all to join me and make a promise to yourself and your family to spend more time playing and less time being busy with chores. Our children are only young once and we will never have this moment with them again in our life time. I hope you enjoy the family time you create in 2015.

Cheers!

Karen

A New Year Is a New Beginning…

Happy New Year! Celebrate each New Opportunity!

Happy New Year! Celebrate each New Opportunity!

I have always loved the beginning of a New Year! It is a time of fresh starts, a time to make changes in my life that I may have been thinking about but done nothing about. A time to reflect on the relationships in my life with my children, my parents, brother and other friends and family and decide what I can do this year to make them better. If the previous year was not a good one I can put it behind me and choose to make this year a better one.

I always start with me. What can I do to be happier? When I am happy it is easier to focus on everyone else in my life.  I have always found I am a better mom when I can make some time for myself in my day. It may be as simple as taking a half hour out of my day to have a cup of tea and read a good book, have a bath, take a nap, meditate or write in a journal. As a busy mom it is so easy to do everything for the family and neglect ourselves. I find when I make time for me I have more patience with my children throughout the day and can focus on them when they need me.

If I am having a difficult time in one of my relationships this is a time to ask myself “What can I do to change how I react to this person?” If it is one of my children I keep butting heads with maybe if I change how I react to them I can create more peace in my family. I don’t always need to be right or have the last word. My oldest daughter loves to argue just to get people going, many times she will catch me up in it and I find myself getting angry. When I choose to be silent and not react to her bait or just agree to let her be right instead of having to have the last word myself, we have a much more peaceful relationship. As easy as this sounds in theory I still find myself taking her bait quite frequently. Maybe this is one for me to work on this year and remind myself that I have the choice to take her bait or choose peace.

Whatever it is you choose to challenge yourself with this year I wish you the best of luck and may you succeed and create a happy, peaceful and healthy year for yourself. Cheers!! 🙂

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