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Make a New Years Resolution with your kid - #newyearsresolutions

This is what I woke up to on January 1, 2016...What do you see?  I see an angel....May angels watch over you this year and be by your side.  Happy New Year!  May you be #inspired by the world around you.Hello Moms, kids and friends!  

Happy New Year to you!! 

As I regroup and get acclimated to 2016, please enjoy this repost on Making New Years Resolutions with your kids.

May 2016 bring you all you want...  
May your days be filled with blessings...
May you make #newyearsresolutions that you can keep for yourself and your kids.  

All of my best to you in this new year!  Dyan

Like many of you, I have made numerous New Years Resolutions over the years that I have never stuck to.  Last Year was the first year that I actually made one resolution and stuck to it!  Now, looking back it was an easy one and one that I should of been doing anyway...flossing my teeth every night.  That being said, I still felt a major sense of accomplishment by years end.  I was happy that I made a commitment to myself and my health and my dentist was thrilled!  This year?? Another year of flossing every night for me (which is habit by now) and for my New Years resolution for 2013?  Flossing, every night, for my 5 year old daughter.  After all, it is our job as moms to teach our children good habits in life.  As you think of a New Years resolution make it something worth accomplishing and easy for you to accomplish so at years end you can and will succeed! 
What I learned from this:  I can do something for myself and take the time to take that extra step to feel better and healthier. I can add new habits to my already hectic schedule.  I can change something small in my life and make a huge difference for my health.  
What my daughter will learn:  healthy teeth habits, taking care of herself feels great and flossing can be fun!  I already have a song written about using mouth wash to prevent cavities, next up.... a flossing song.  Good luck!  Dyan

Do you ever have one of those days...of course you do

Do you ever have one of those was one of those days??  Of course you do ,everyone does....well today was one of those days.  My daughter woke up during the middle of the night with her barky seal cough.  By now I know and recognize the distinct sound of it.  It does sound exactly like that of a seal bark.  If you haven't experienced it, it makes you feel very bad for your child.  And the inevitable is always a trip to the doctors office and the sooner the better for her dose of the oral steroid that the pediatrician gives her.  Being that today was Good Friday, I was unsure if she would even be open and if she would have an appointment for me.  I called first thing in the morning and sure enough one spot left.  Yea!  I thought, we will get in early and still get home with time for my daughter to relax and feel better and me to be able to get stuff done. As the quick trip to the doctors office turned out to be more like almost 2 hours with drive time, I realized that I would not be able to get done the forever list of "things to do".  I did get an extra trip to the warehouse store in because it was on the way home, stopped and made a business call and the last minute trip to the discount store to get the last minute Easter items from the Easter bunny.  Now, I have gotten pretty good at slipping these items into my basket with out my daughter noticing. but for some reason today, I just couldn't do it.  Maybe my daughter is getting older or maybe because she was sick, either way it couldn't be done. So, now I knew I had to sneak another trip to the store to try and get the remaining items within the next two days, filled with plans and the threat of the supply of items left dwindling away.  I reminded myself that all would be ok and I could make it work some how.  We got home and I realize that the house was left a disaster, we had plans to make a bunny house, laundry needed to be done, my nails, my hair and spend sometime with my daughter who doesn't feel well.  Stress started to set in, but again, I reminded myself that today is what it is and all I can do is what I can do.  As my day is winding down...I didn't do too bad.  My daughter relaxed and enjoyed doing it, I did get the house picked up, I did get some laundry done, my nails didn't get done, but I trimmed them and filed them, my hair didn't get done, but there is always tomorrow...hopefully, the bunny house got done and turned out absolutely adorable, my daughter tried to eat way too much frosting and candy though, the family got feed, the dogs got feed (yes all 5 of them), showers and baths took place and I even had the chance to jot down about my day... Not exactly the day I had planned or the things I had hoped to accomplish got done. However, I am grateful for what I did get done and the fun we had doing the bunny house.  May tomorrow be a more productive day with more time spent doing the things I want to do.  I wish the same for you when you have one of those days.  Dyan 
What I learned:  be tuned in to your child's health - beware of the signs of their illnesses, take that deep breath, be patient, enjoy the moment, prioritize my list and make the time for your children even if it appears that there is none for the fun things too.
What we shared:  time together, a new experience - creating the bunny house, lots of hugs - because she didn't feel good, creativity, a new learning task for her - squeezing frosting out of the tube and even got some extra reading in at the doctors office - as we waited for her doctor - making the most of our time together.

Follow through and do what you say your going to do

 Are you the kind of mom that over commits?  To everything?  That's me for sure!  I always think I can do so much more in a day that is actually humanly possible.  Some days, I do achieve my over achieving goals, other days, I don't even get close.  As we wind down our week at a condo that we rented, as we finish our home that has been extensively remodeled to accommodate all of my daughters allergies, I realized all of the things that I told her we were going to do before we checked out of this seasonal rental.  Many of them were outdoor activities, but we have had some seasonally cold temps and lots of rain.  That's ok I tell myself, we will fit them in.  Well that is exactly what I am trying to do.  One of the things I told her I would do was take her to play tennis at the tennis courts in the park behind our condo.  I thought, easy enough, so we packed up our tennis balls and her racquet and walked to the courts.  We got there and I realized it was an actual "tennis center" that was maintained by the city.  I told her as we walked up that I thought we would have to pay to play and I didn't bring my wallet because I was unaware of the size of the complex.  Boy, was she disappointed.  She muttered something about me not bringing my wallet.  I apologized, because I really didn't know.  I said let's go in anyway and see what is what.  We walked to the front desk and I made small talk with the women at the front counter about the center and that I didn't realize that this was even here.  She asked if I was a resident of the city, (and I am), so I told her that I was.  We talked about lessons and the like.  I then told her I didn't realize I would have to pay and if it would be ok to go out for a bit and hit a few balls around.  She said yes and directed us to the racquetball court area where we wouldn't have to do so much running after balls.  I didn't even have a racquet with me, (this was more about doing an activity that my daughter is interested in).  Well...we had a ball (no pun intended)!  She hit the ball quite well and even let me teach her a thing or two.  She picked it up rather well.  After we were done, she was tired.  She had so much fun and even decided she would like to take lessons one day.  It was a smashing success!  What I learned:  try not to over commit yourself to your kids, if you do...follow through and do what you say your going to do, make the time to take the time, try new things with your kids, be proactive in their learning about new sports and open new doors for them, teach them how to get around discouraging situations (like not having the money to get in) and sometimes, there is a way to make things work.  What we shared: quality time, learning a new sport, patience in trying - even if you don't get it right the first time and trust because I followed through and did what I said I would do.
Tennis Anyone?  Dyan

What I learned from Dad - It's game time!

What I learned from Dad....There is so much I learned from my father, you never realize it until your older and able to get over the disappointments (if there are any) and look back and review your life.  One thing that I learned from my dad was strategy and logical thinking.  One of the ways he taught me this was by playing games.  Many games.  Board games, chess, name it my father played games with me.  Some of my fondest memories of spending time with my dad was playing all the games we played.  Which was great, because I loved games and still do.  As a matter of fact, I have brought this great way of spending time with someone into my daughters life.  This is one of my favorite things to do with her.  As soon as she was old enough to play games, we started, memory games, cards games, boards games - any game we could play, we play.  This has helped her learn so many things.  Strategy and logical thinking are just two of the important things she has learned - even before she was 5!  It has helped her develop concentration, numbers, letters, the abcs, colors and numerous other things.  One thing I realized as we play, is that she doesn't like to lose, (I guess, who does) but, playing these games has really helped me work with her to sort out the angry, bad feelings she gets when she loses.  One way we do this is by showing her that everyone does lose and no one, can win all the time.  How to say "Good game" and shake your opponents hand, to keep trying to see if you can win next time, that playing by the rules is the best sportsmanship, even if you want to win, you will not learn anything if you don't play by the rules.  What we learned:  positive attitude, patience, having fun while learning, increasing vocabulary, being a good winner and loser, clean-up is important, good sportsmanship, logical thinking and strategy that will help her throughout her entire life.  What we share:  memorable family time, quality time, learning, laughing, challenges and whole lot of fun!
Now go to your closet and dust of that favorite board game and spend some awesome quality time with your child.
Good luck, may the best mom or child win!  Dyan
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