This post has been sponsored by Gorton’s.
It is so hard to believe that 2018 has come to an end. It was a busy year for us! Aram joined our family in June and, to be honest, the move from 4 to 5 children feels like it’s been the hardest of all. I am pulled in so many directions all day long that I go to bed most night exhausted and feeling like I have failed in one area or another. I am determined to make 2019 a year where I get back on track being the wife and mom that I want to be and I’ve made a few resolutions for my year to help! I’m calling them my 2019 Mom Resolutions.
My 2019 Mom Resolutions
If I’m being honest, I have a love-hate relationship with my smartphone. I love it because I can do so much with it, but thanks to its many abilities, I also hate how easily I get sucked into it. I will pick up my phone to text one person and find myself sucked into it for 20-30 minutes sometimes. I don’t want my children to look back and remember that mom spent a lot of time on her phone. Furthermore, I’ve been around today’s teens and have seen how engrossed they are in their phones. That’s not the life I want for my children as they get older either. I want them to see that life should not revolve around what’s on the phone.
I’m determined to limit my smartphone use time in 2019 so that when I’m with my kids, I can truly be present with them and not so distracted.
Play More Games
I want to make more fun memories with my kids and one of the things I remember most fondly about growing up with my mom and siblings is that we would frequently play games together. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great time for conversation and laughter. One of the things about having young children is that they can sometimes hinder doing things with the older children. So, I’m implementing new bedtimes this year. I’ll be allowing the older children to stay awake a little bit later than the younger children so we can have more time together for things like board games and working on puzzles together. I can’t wait!
Eat 3 Meals a Day
I can’t tell you how many times each week I only eat 2 meals, or worse, sometimes even 1 meal! I get so busy homeschooling, blogging, and momming that I ignore my belly’s hunger pains. Sometimes I’m filling in meals with snack foods instead because they are quick and easy, but that’s just as bad.
So, this year I’m determined to keep my freezer stocked with delicious, healthy meals I can fix in a flash, like Gorton’s Shrimp Bowls. It’s been a favorite around here for quick dinner meals when I don’t have the energy or the time to fix something, so I’m just increasing the number of Gorton’s Shrimp Bowls on my shopping list so I have plenty for lunches too!
Gorton’s Shrimp Bowl flavors include Stir Fry with Soba Noodles and Black Garlic and Wine Risotto. They both make wholesome, yummy meal options! They are so easy to fix too since they go right into the microwave and are ready in about 5 minutes! PLUS they are ready to serve in their own bowl already, so that means no dirty dishes either, except for my fork! Even on my busiest of days, I know having these on-hand will help me maintain my goal of eating regular, healthy meals every day.
Exercise with my Kids
Every year I say I’m going to exercise more and every year I don’t do it. But my problem is that it’s so hard to find time to break away from my kids. Well, I’m realizing I just need to INCLUDE them in it. They should be exercising too anyway! So on nice days, we are going to start bundling up and going for walks around the neighborhood. On days when the weather is not so great, we will work on aerobics indoors.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom of 5, it’s that kids thrive on consistency. I try to be consistent but sometimes when there is a baby in the house, I find myself too busy rocking the baby to sleep or feeding a baby and then the older kids get away with more than they should. But, the thing is, when I’m consistent with expectations and rules for my children, all of us are happier! Now that Aram is nearly 7 months old
Model What I Want to See in My Kids
The best way to impact your kids, in my opinion, is to model the behavior you want to see in them. I’m not always the best at that, but I’m determined to get better! For instance, sometimes I’m so consumed with keeping the rest of the house clean that our master bedroom and bathroom suffer. I’m also not a huge fan of veggies and therefore don’t eat nearly as many as I should. However, this year I’m determined to work hard to model the behavior I’d like to see in my own kids. I know it will pay off!
Read More Books
When I was a child, I LOVED it when my mom would read to me, and my children are the same. Reading is a great way for them to learn but it’s also a great time for me to sit down for some quiet time with them too. My goal for 2019 is at least 5 books a day. This is one of Gideon’s favorites, so I have a feeling it will be read quite a few times, even though Christmas is over.