Each December 31st, since I was eleven years old, I have made the same New Years Resolution. Want to hear it?
I’m going to stop biting my nails.
As this is the 21st year I have made this resolution, I can give you this update on my progress: it’s not going well. Small periods of victory are followed by dramatic falls back into my nail nibbling ways.
Therefore, I’ve decided to diversify this year. I made three more New Years Resolutions. I resolve to:
1. Leave my slippers next to the pellet stove. Mmmm, warm slippers.
2. Sleep more. I took a nap yesterday. It was good.
And most importantly:
3. Shut off the voice in my head that constantly tells me I’m a lousy mother-whenever I’m tired, or lose patience, or allow my child to watch too much TV-this voice helpfully reiterates to me what a rotten job I’m doing.
It’s not helpful.
But toasty feet and more sleep should help me retain my composure and brighten my mood in all situations across the board.