Monday, January 25, 2010

Improve Yourself 2010 update: Week 4

So, this week's post over at Engaged Marriage is about keeping yourself accountable for your progress.

This past week, I have to be honest, I don't feel like I made much progress. I continued doing the same things I have been doing to try to be a better mom, and I guess that's the name of the game: Consistency.

But I also know I can do better! I did slip up and yell a couple times, and I also was a little lax on the one-hour-a-day Wii screen time for Logan a couple times when I was trying desperately to get Jordan to nap. Yes, friends, I used the Wii as a sort of babysitter and I feel just awful about it. Of course, Logan didn't MIND, but I felt like I was being a horrible mom. I made the choice because at the moment, it was more important to me to try to get Jordan to sleep. This sleep situation is completely out of hand!

So, anyway, today I'm going to remind myself of the goals I originally set for this challenge, to refresh them in my mind and to keep myself accountable for what I set out to accomplish.

My goals: (Are you listening Krystal? This is for you, girl. You can do this!)

I am going to take care of my kids by caring about ME through diet, exercise, taking my vitamins, trying to get adequate sleep and not feeling guilty about taking some necessary ME time.

I am going to take better care of my kids' bodies by cleaning up their diets (removing much of the processed junk), making sure they're getting the right amounts of fruits, veggies and vitamins, teaching them excellent dental care and making sure they get plenty of fun exercise.

I am going to stimulate my childrens' minds by reading more to both of them and limiting screen time (Wii, TV and computer). I will also look for more ways to make everyday experiences into learning experiences.

I am going to be better to my childrens' souls by being more patient with them, stopping and redirecting when I start to raise my voice or get irritated, refrain from talking down to them and I am actually going to get down at their level and PLAY with them rather than just occupying them.

And finally, I am going to manage my time more wisely, which will reduce my stress level and allow me to accomplish the aforementioned goals.

OK, onward and upward. Have a great week!


Dustin | Engaged Marriage said...

I love coming over to read these posts, Krystal! You are right that consistency is the name of the game for self-improvement. And of course that includes picking back up after a tough week and continuing on.

So far, almost half of those that started Improve Yourself in week 1 are already gone. You are still focused and still committed to bettering yourself. You're doing great!

Annie said...

I found you from MamaNotes :)
I love your goals, they are right on! I am trying to cook more natural foods and less boxed dinners too. And less screen time? Oh I am always trying to limit my 2 year old's time and control myself from turning it on for an easy break.

I love that you are a reporter! I graduated with a degree in Print Journalism. It amazes me how much I have used what I learned from school in my blogging :)