So, I’m trying this new thing for 2016.
Learning patience, to be kinder and losing some weight. Blah blah blah. Same ol’ crap.
But this time. I started before the new year thinking it may help jump start some new year freshness and good juju. Good idea, right?!
Nice try, starchiksix. Nice try.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got off to a fantastic start. I lost 3lbs in the last 3 weeks. I have increased my water intake. I only eat veggies at lunch. Moving around more. I’m eating smaller portions but come 5. I’m shoving my face with whatever protein filled food I can find. Given the fact that I started while I was on vacation and got through the holidays, I think I’m doing alright.
During our three and a half hour drive to pinetop, I had a long talk with myself. Between me, myself and I, we discovered that I should be able to get through daily activities,(namely dealing with my children amongst others) without completely losing my shit.
I mean, come on. It should be fairly easy to get a 3 year old to stop picking his nose, a 13 and 16 year old to get off their phones for 5 friggin’ minutes, to make two girls aged 8 and 10 stop fighting with each other, and to make the future hubby just halfway listen to what I’m saying, right?
If my grandparents could handle 12 kids and each other, I certainly can handle 5 kids and an adult.
The trip went off without a hitch. I kept my cool, even though at the beginning I repeated myself too many times to count. Five days later, I realized the kids only really got in trouble once. They didn’t fight. Stayed off their phones and even hung out with each other. Here’s the most surprising part. I told future hubby my observation and he tried it too.
We have not lost our shit at home in nearly a month. It seems most kids hate the fact that you repeat yourself and once they hear enough times they eventually listen so they dont have to hear it again.
Our holidays were amazing. Not because of gifts. But we actually spent time together that didn’t involve headphones, punches or Facebook. We actually spent time together. Hopefully this will last. Hopefully this is a change that will change our whole family dynamic.
As far as being kinder goes. I never thought I was unkind until someone ticked me off. One thing if for sure, I’ve certainly kind of taken a woosah approach to all types of situations in my life.
It sucks that it tAkers the new year to make you think about adjustments within yourself. I’m not sure what the new year will bring but hopefully with the changes I’ve made, it’ll make life a little easier.