Every year, like most people, I make my New Year's resolutions on Jan. 1. And then I battle with them for the rest of the year.
"It's New Year's again. Do you think we can get it right this year?" asks Oprah Winfrey.
What if, this year, you didn't make a New Year's resolution to be more patient as a parent, didn't promise to be more attentive or didn't vow to be more [insert here whatever you're feeling most remorsal about not being]?
For the new year, let's recognize what is there, and take it with us into 2013. Let detachment become engagement, and dispersion meet focus. Let surface skimming give way to exploration, and the urge to dismiss be replaced by the will to persevere.
Whether you love or despise New Year's Eve, most parents will attest to the challenge of not only finding a babysitter, but also deciphering her going rate for that particular night.
No. 4: Stop saying, "I support the troops." I don't. I used to. No. 5: Apologize for No. 4.
I've practiced parenthood for 29 years now, and if practice makes perfect, maybe in 2013 I can finally get it right. So here, in the interest of achieving the massive self-improvement needed, are my top five resolutions.
Children can break your heart in one instant, then cause your heart to swell to near-bursting the next. But through it all -- through the tantrums, homework battles and curfew fights -- we need to take a step back and think about what we really want our children to know and to learn.
If you are truly serious about your recovery and growing in faith, these are some of the things I've done through the years and continue to do:
With gratitude for the time that has passed, I cannot help but ponder over what is most important as we enter into the New Year, and therefore a new c...
What will be your New Year's resolution? I bet I know what it won't be: "Make my marriage great." Isn't it fascinating that although we know how important our marriages are to our lives, it's never the top resolution?
A comeback is possible, but it does take work. Putting into practice these principles will help you overcome your setback.
My cheerfulness sounds forced to me as I chatter incessantly on the way to the airport. There is little traffic, and for once, I wish for a delay, just a short delay so I can sit beside my son a little longer.
Isn't much of the tension in relationships, much of the misunderstanding at work, much of the violence in this world somehow connected to the often misunderstood feeling, "Nobody sees me! ... Knows me ... Loves me ... Recognizes me"?
Cease reading whenever I encounter the words "political gridlock," "informed sources," and "Eric Cantor." Cease reading before I encounter discussions of the 2016 Presidential race.
We may fail in the first few months of the new year, but I want to put these resolutions out there anyway -- and will continue to pray that we try to make them come true.