16 May 2013

Mommy Resolutions

Mother's Day was like any other Saturday, except that I got more hugs and kisses that day.  Everyday is mother's day because I am with two of God's greatest blessings in my life.

I asked Don how I am as a mom and how I can improve.  He laughed, he thinks I am being "HR" again.  We cannot be perfect but I'm sure we all want to be the best that we can be, right?  We don't wake up one day and become a great mom to our children.  I wish it can happen just like that.  We have to make that conscious decision EVERYDAY to provide, nurture, discipline, be a good role model and raise our child with the proper values and attitude.

Don praised me and said a lot of wonderful things about me as a mom.  But here are three resolutions that he wants me to think about and consider:

I live with a schedule.  It keeps me sane especially at work.   When I was still working six times a week, I would make a schedule for our activities during Sundays to make sure we maximize the day and accomplish a lot of things.  Imagine squeezing household chores, paying bills and doing other bank transactions, going to church, attending Kindermusik class and enjoying family activities in one day.   So now that I have my Saturdays back, Don wants me to loosen up a bit.  A bit lang pa la eh.  I think I can do that.

Okay, I am not a full-fledged Sige Mom.  Don't get me wrong, I let Julia run around and have fun but I am sometimes more concerned about dirty clothes, peklat and broken bones.  So I say "NO!" instead  of "GO!" more often than I should.  Don doesn't want me to be irresponsible, he just wants me to allow Julia to take more risks that can be healthy for her physical and mental development.  It will also help build her self confidence and competence.  The Breeze and Mommy Mundo SoMom event that we attended last month certainly made me realize how important experiential learning is to toddlers even if it means being messy and getting dirty in the process.

This means I should eat less junk and more healthy food.  I should work overtime less and exercise more.  Trust me, this will require a lot of effort from me because I love eating chichiria and fast food.  And of course, I would rather sleep than run.  I know if I do not change my unhealthy ways, Julia will be like me.  And I do not want that.  Also, I delegate planning and cooking Julia's daily menu to my mother-in-law because I work and arrive home late.  So Don wants me to more involved with Julia's nutrition.

These are not easy mommy resolutions... I wish I just kept my mouth shut and didn't ask Don about self improvement.  On the other hand, I am glad my husband was honest about how he feels.  The constructive feedback showed his love and commitment to our family.

How about you?  What do you need to work on to be a better mom?
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