A Fathers’ New Years Resolutions

For many of us we will walk into the new year with grand aspirations about what we will do, or what we hope to accomplish this year. We call them resolutions, but unfortunately, for most of us they tend to become null and void pretty close to the same time that we make them. This is especially true with exercise. So many stores at the beginning of every year put sales on exercise equipment because they know that people are setting these goals for themselves. Too soon after purchasing them you will find them gathering dust in the basement or in the corner of the room.

So this year I am making some goals for myself both personally and professionally that I hope to share with my kids. Both of my girls are not old enough yet to understand the idea of making a resolution. I try though to talk to at least Diva-J, my oldest, about thinking about the new year as a new start. I ask her what she could do this year to make it better than the last. She says, play more with friends? This was not the resolution that I was looking for, so I go on to talk to her about different things that people may say in a resolution and try to explain it further, but I can easily tell that it is falling on deaf ears.

In saying this though, I know that I will continue to try and help my girls understand this ritual and what it truly means to make a resolution for oneself. I also hope to instill in them the importance of holding fast to the resolutions that you set for yourself, not only at the beginning of the year, but all through the year!

So for me, I plan to work on a few resolutions this year!

1.       Make time for play. Make sure to take the time out with my kids to get on their level and have fun!

2.       Work harder at not getting frustrated with my girls when they are pushing every button that I have (you know those buttons don’t you?)

3.       Spend more quality time with my spouse (pry myself away from the computer)

4.       Eat more 100% fruit smoothies in the morning for breakfast and more veggies for lunch (limit the lunches out if possible)

5.       Get more organized with my blog, activities, and other projects!

What about you? What are your resolutions and how do you share them with your kids?

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I am a dad who works in Higher Education Administration by day and by night a dad to two girls (divas). I was born in Michigan and after some moving around the Midwest due to working for several colleges and universities, I am back living and working in Michigan and loving it! I started Dad of Divas as a way to document my experiences as a father as well as talk about important parenting tips that I have run into in my time being a Dad. As most blogs have, my blog has changed some over the last 2.5 years, but I have to say that I am still enjoying what I am doing and sharing with other parents that are out there. You will notice in my posts that I definitely do not have all of the answers (that’s for sure) but I am always willing to try something new to make my job as a parent easier (if that’s possible). I am so pleased to be a part of the group of revolutionary fathers who are, as I, working each day to be better than they already are, and are doing whatever they can to help their children to be the best that they can be!

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