May is like December and June is like January to me. I slack in May, schedules go, kids do whatever they want– I just hang in there until the end. Then June hits and I get this surge of energy and a determination to be a better mother. I make my “Summer Motherhood Resolutions”. Here are a few of my Motherhood Resolutions this summer:
1. No movies in the car unless on a long trip. When we first got the new car with a built-in DVD player, this was the case. But as time went on I got more and more lenient and now it seems like we watch a movie to go up the street. No more! Mom’s on one. I put a big basket of books in between the seats so all the kids can read while we drive. We will rotate books on a weekly basis.
2. No technology or electronics (TV, cartoons, video games, computers, DVDs) until after lunch. This includes mom too (but before the kids wake up doesn’t count). It seems like when they aren’t listening to me it is because they are involved in some kind of technology.
3. Eat fresher. To do this, I have implemented a salad night and a fish night once a week. We had Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad last night and I have a baked lemon tilapia up on the menu later this week that a friend recommended. I did grilled salmon last week and the kids liked it (my son had thirds) so I am hopeful that they will learn to accept the fresher foods. Send me any great salad or fish recipes. My recipe pool for healthy foods is low.
4. Get the kids moving- I added “Exercise” to my children’s chore charts. We go to the park 3 times a week first thing in the morning. We scoot or walk around the path. And I am just starting to do yoga with them the other two days of the week- a 15 minute morning stretch. I will use what I know from my yoga classes, plus the book “the ABCS of Yoga for Kids” by Teresa Anne Power. It is full of kid friendly yoga poses. I am excited to expose them to the beauty of early morning yoga.
We have been going 2 weeks now and so far so good, I just hope my July isn’t like my February. Wish me luck!