Ten years ago…
Last night marked the end of an eventful decade in my life. Mike and I got engaged, got married, collected six college degrees and many more thousands of dollars of student loans, and lived in two states and three countries. We organized fundraisers for cancer research and watched helplessly as loved ones died, too young, of the same disease – frustrated by the amount of research still needed and in awe of their courage. We taught high school and college, presented research at conferences. And in 2006 our lives changed forever, when the much-awaited arrival of baby Emma led me to trade my growing resume for the one job I had hardly dared to hope for. Two more children later, we love our quiet life in Massachusetts and may stay here forever. But maybe we’ll try out life on a tiny tropical island for a couple of years. Not in 2010, but doesn’t that sound exciting?
For 2010, I’m identifying areas I want to work on for the year. I’ll set goals within some or all of these areas for each month. The different areas are:
- Health: Helping my family eat well and get the exercise we all need to be happy.
- Peace: Limiting conflicts, disagreements, and meltdowns – and managing them well when they do occur.
- Education: Identifying my children’s interests and using these interests to teach them. Challenging myself to learn new things too, and to use the talents I already have.
- Gratitude: Teaching my children (and myself) to appreciate what we have rather than focusing on what we want.
- Charity: Loving, sharing, and giving to others.
Specific goals for January:
- Have dinner for the kids at the same time every night. I’ve been trying to have dinner when Mike gets home with a snack for the kids earlier, but Johnny in particular eats better when dinner is at 5pm. We’ll still sit at the table with Mike when he gets home, and the kids can eat a second dinner then if they want to. I’m hoping this will also help limit meltdowns from both Johnny and Emma. Target areas: health and peace.
- Let Emma try to learn to read. She’s been asking for a while, she has been able to read a few words for a while, and her recent mischievous behavior indicates that she is ready for a new challenge. She LOVES the “learn to read” section of Starfall.com, and I’ve printed out a few pages from Progressive Phonics for her to try as well after reading about their use over at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. Target areas: education and peace.
- Put together at least three boxes of items to give away in January. Target areas: gratitude and charity.
- Help Emma and Johnny develop their “play gently with the baby” skills. Any recommendations in this area are most welcome. They love their sister, but sometimes too much. And both kids (but especially Johnny) have occasional jealousy issues. Target areas: charity and peace.