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New Year Resolutions for Dads

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Sure, they say that New Yearís resolutions are never kept, but that doesnít stop us from writing them up. And, I swear, this year, Iím really going to try. The ones I have in mind arenít that big a stretch. Iím not going to finally ďwrite that novelĒ or run a marathon. I just want to make a few simple changes. And, I have a new system to try to keep me on track.
  • Spend ten minutes alone each day with each of my two kids. This wonít be too much harder. The only the trick will be to separate them when Iím doing the daddy-focus time. I usually read a 10-12 pages of Harry Potter to my eldest each night, so check that one off the list. For my four-year-old, this will take a lot more ďget-down-on-the-floorĒ action. This may be the most important one of the bunch and something everyone can do.

  • Try to reduce the number of times I say ďDonítĒ or ďNo!Ē to my four-year-old. Heís naturally more rambunctious than my eight year old and heís starting to protest that we yell at him too much. I want to try to limit the yelling to when itís really a safety issue or when heís about to tip over the TV.

  • Gotta get the little buggers eating better food. I paged through Jessica Seinfeldís Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, though I was scared off by how she puts sweet potatoes into everything. This one will be the trickiest in the book, since Iím usually overjoyed that the kids want pizza (again!).

  • Do 25 push-ups a day, and 30 by March. Iím a sucker for easy fixes like this, but I found this article in the New York Times on the value of push-ups quite compelling. Push-ups are great exercise and a good barometer of overall health. I WILL get to the gym every other day and do my stretches. (Itís January 12th and Iím already doing 30 - onwards to 35).

  • Go greener. Okay, Iím sticking this one in because Iím already doing it, but still there are lots of places to cut. I bought myself a pedometer and just that step has me thinking again before taking the car out to drive ten or twelve blocks rather than walk. My goal is to make all the kidsí lunch biodegradable or reusable. Out with the plastic bags, in with reusuable containers. I just got these stainless steel bowls for lunches. They are a little clunky and could be used for a jail break, but they are durable and a convenient size, especially if you make circular sandwiches.
Thatís enough! My other resolutions are professional and are overwhelming.
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