The Parenting Column
The Parenting Column
Happy New Year
Well hello there. Season's Greetings and a very Happy New Year to you all and Happy Parenting for the next twelve months! This time of the year is filled with celebration and joy, a time to eat, drink and be merry. For children and parents alike it can be the best part of the year, a time to reflect on the previous year, the ups and downs, the highs and lows and wonder what this year has in store. I trust you all had a fantastic Christmas, survived the New Year festivities and caught up with family and friends.
We begin the year fresh with hopes and dreams for the coming 12 months and many will begin their New Year Resolutions. You know the ones, I'll lose weight, I'll eat healthier, I'm going to walk every day, and I'll spend more time with friends and family. I'll take less work home. And how many of these have been broken as soon as work and school restarts and we fall back into our usual daily grind and unfortunate bad habits and excuses, not enough hours in the day, fast food saves time and mess. You avoid eye contact with the brand new treadmill sitting idly and rusting outside, most likely on your next garage sale list and yep the dog gets to walk himself round the yard again. Well it didn't do him any harm before - did it? Yes the after festive activities can be a bit of an anticlimax to say the least.
So what can you do to motivate you and your family, get yourself out of the rut and rid of the bulge? There is no quick fix but it can be done. Firstly don't set yourself up to fail - stick to realistic resolutions in manageable chunks and avoid making too many. Better to be master of one and succeed than feel swamped and throw in the towel before you've even begun. Consider doing things together, something sporty perhaps, after all there is safety in numbers. If you smoke or drink it is easy to reduce the amount slowly. Set yourself small rewards for reaching goals. Have a visual reminder, write it on the calendar. Tell your family and friends what you are doing so they can support you and give encouragement. Becoming more organised is not only satisfying but can be a very realistic New Year's resolution that can become contagious once others see the results. Having a spring clean / DE clutter or giving away unused or unwanted items can make you feel contented and refreshed. Feeling positive is good for everyone, affects the whole families' mood and is just what the doctor ordered to kick off the New Year, so choose your resolution wisely and start how you mean to go on. And what's my New Year's Resolution? I'm not telling - it's a secret.
Happy Parenting and a bright and cheerful Happy New Year to you all!
" Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page "
~Henry Ward Beecher
Post - Christmas B lues
The build up to the silly season is incessantly intense. Without fail we work like a trooper, shop 'til we drop, cook up a storm, prepare dishes we have never even heard of (just to impress), from last year's cook book received for Christmas that has only just been opened, endeavouring to outshine last Christmas fare. During this carefree time most of us do way too much, spread ourselves thin and are emotionally bushed. We suffer self-inflicted sleep deprivation, despite taking crafty nana naps, due to excessively late nights. Then at long last the expectation that has been building up for months is doused in a flood of high spirits and activity once presents are unwrapped and overindulgence and lack of willpower takes over.
As Christmas festivities reach closure, drained mums and dads put happy hyped up kids to bed, clear up empty boxes and gift wrap, and put table leftovers and dishes away. It's all over way too quickly, wham bang thank you Ma'am, in the blink of an eye. Hardly surprising scores of people are left somewhat befuddled in a post-