Being a Better Mom in the New Year

I suspect I’m on an eternal quest to be a better mom.  There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, providing that I don’t think that my desire to be a better mom is because I suck or something.  I don’t think I suck.  (At least, I don’t think I suck right now.  Later could be a whole different story.)  I just figure that there are always things that we can be doing better.  After all, no one is perfect, right?

So, yeah.  I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have something come up that will help make life easier.  My husband is getting a company vehicle in the next while (sometime in the new year), which means we will no longer be a strictly one car family.  A large part of the reason that I don’t get out of the house with Norton as much as I should is because, quite frankly, it’s a complete and utter pain in the rear to arrange having the van.  I have it a couple of days a week because the husband is car pooling, but I don’t always keep it because it’s easier for him to drive on days he doesn’t have to so he can stay late.  Whatever.  Either way, it means that I have to put effort into making arrangements to go places with Norton.  Spur of the moment things just don’t happen.  And that sucks, because I am totally a spur of the moment kind of person.  Making big plans just doesn’t seem to work out.  Ever.

What does this have to do with my lack of resolutions?  Well, one area that I think I could do better is if I had some sort of consistent routine with Norton regarding activities.  Yes, he has a set morning routine and a set bedtime routine, but the rest of the time is kind of up in the air.  And with Eudora coming, I need to hammer down that schedule a little better.

So, my goals?  We’re going to have a daily activity to go along with the week.

Monday – Arts and crafts.  This is awesome, and I have Pinterest to help out.  Plus some other awesome blogs that I follow.

Tuesday – Library day.  I have managed to do toddler time a second time, and the second time didn’t resort in a hospital trip.  I think my nerves could handle making it a regular event.  On the bright side, it’s only thirty minutes.

Wednesday – Baking day.  I totally want a bread machine and to do awesome bread making things.  I enjoyed baking over the holiday season (you know, when I wasn’t blogging), but I really need to stop baking cookies, cakes, and other snacky things every day.  I’m expecting to fail my gestational diabetes test.  And while the husband enjoys coming home to find that I’ve made yummy sweet treats, his waistline is not.  And it’s not teaching Norton great eating habits.  But making healthier breads instead?  Totally doable.  And it gets my baking yen out.

Thursday – Park day!  Prince George has a ton of awesome parks.  Some of them are even somewhat accessible during the winter.  Considering the massive thaw we just had, it should be a while before the city is completely buried in snow again.

Friday – No clue, but grocery shopping sounds like a good idea!

It’s my hope that by getting this type of routine going, it’ll be easier to actually do things with Norton as often as I want to, and it’ll get us in a routine of doing things out and about.  Since I want to homeschool, that’s pretty crucial.

Do you have family activity routines with your kids?  What does your routine look like?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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