Talkin’ ’bout My Resolutions
Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting resolutions!
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month we’re writing about how we want to parent differently — or the same — in the New Year. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Every year someone asks me about my New Year’s resolutions.
Usually, I answer with a resounding, “Meh…” Resolutions, schmesolutions.
Resolutions are all about good intentions and you know where those lead…straight into that pint of doublefudgemochacookiesncreammarshmallow chocolate ice-cream you just resolved to avoid two seconds ago. At least it was a yummy descent into hell.
Despite my usual resolve to be apathetic (about well…resolving), I started 2010 as James Brown would say, “on the good foot.”
(Hold on, dancing intermission time):
Annnnnd I’m back. Phew, what a workout (in my head)! Now where was I? Ah yes, resolutions. I have made a few after all.
I resolve to (ahem!) –
1) Continue cloth diapering and reduce the number of disposable diapers we use
Baby E usually wears the disposables when we go out, when he goes to bed and during poop marathons. However, I think we’ve gotten to the point where we can survive mostly on cloth. Plus, it gives me an excuse to indulge my burgeoning addiction to pocket diapers.
2) Learn about baby signs
Is that snickering I hear in the peanut gallery? Baby sign language? She’s officially bonkers now. Well, no, not yet at least. Baby signs can come in handy when your little one is trying to communicate with you but just doesn’t have the verbal skills to do so yet. What mom doesn’t want to avoid a baby meltdown of frustration? Baby E has already learned to throw himself backwards when he gets fussy. I’d like to have the tools to nip that one in the bud.
3) Try to implement a bedtime routine
Really, there’s a reason I’m writing this blog post at 12:30 am on a weekday – the kiddo wouldn’t go to sleep. Something’s gotta be done – nuff said.
4) Read more to Baby E
This is my greatest shame so far. I LOVE to read. I just haven’t been able to finish a book since I gave birth. How will I pass along the joy of reading if I don’t even participate in the joy?
So, those are my parenting resolutions for 2010. I have committed them to electronic memory and now I have no choice but to follow up with what I have promised or risk looking like the resolution backslider that I really am.
So, how are your New Year’s resolutions going?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
• To Yell or Not to Yell — The Adventures of Lactating Girl
• It Is All About Empathy: Nurturing a Toddler’s Compassion Potential — Baby Dust Diaries
• To my babies: this year… — BluebirdMama
• Mindfully Loving My Children — Breastfeeding Moms Unite!
• January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Resolutions — Code Name: Mama
• Imperfect Mother — Consider Eden
• Resolutions — Craphead (aka Mommy)
• FC Mom’s Parenting Resolutions 2010 — FC Mom
• What’s in a Resolution? — Happy Mothering
• January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting resolutions — Hobo Mama
• Natural Parenting Resolutions — Little Green Blog
• This year, I will mostly… — Look Left of the Pleiades
• Parenting Resolutions — The Mahogany Way
• I Resolve to Breastfeed In Public More Often — mama2mama tips
• Moving to Two Kids — Megna the Destroyer
• Use Love — Momopoly
• My parenting resolutions — Musings of a Milk Maker
• Talkin’ ’bout My Resolutions — Navelgazing
• Parenting Resolutions — One Starry Night
• Invitations, not resolutions — Raising My Boychick
• No more multitasking during kid time — The Recovering Procrastinator
• I need to slow down, smell those roses AND the poopy diapers — Tales of a Kitchen Witch Momma
• Resolutely Parenting in 2010 — This Is Worthwhile
Posted on January 12, 2010, in Cloth diapers, Holidays, Natural parenting, New mommyhood, video and tagged 2010, Cloth diapers, Natural parenting, New Year, pocket diapers, resolutions. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.