A new year is upon us and now is the time for making those New Year’s resolutions. As I was writing my new resolutions, I took a few minutes to reflect on how well I did with my goals from the previous year:
- I will go to the gym 3 times per week – I accomplished this goal and managed to lose 25 pounds in the process
- I will take a dance class with my wife and an art class for myself – Didn’t accomplish. In my defense, my work travel schedule kept me away from home regularly
- I will buy a new car -Actually I bought a used car from eBay
- I will go on a family vacation – We took a trip to Key West and to Disney World and had a great time
- I will take the kids fishing – I didn’t take them fishing, but I did buy them new fishing poles for Christmas
- I will read the whole Bible – I read the New Testament and Proverbs
- I will save money for kids’ college education – I didn’t accomplish this goal, but I plan to do better this year.
Although I didn’t accomplish everything as I had hoped, I am satisfied with the things that I did accomplish.
My friend Tyler, who blogs at Building Camelot, challenged other dad bloggers to develop a list of resolutions to be a better dad. My list is as follows:
- I will take care of myself physically by exercising, eating right, and scheduling regular exams and checkups.
- I will love my wife with undying devotion.
- I will play more tag, Red Light Green Light, Hullabaloo, Uno, and Mario Cart
- I will work hard at my job to provide a comfortable living for my family.
- I will get a puppy (I have already accomplished this goal. Stay tuned for my upcoming post)
- I will remain involved in my children’s education by going on field trips, volunteering at school, attending Parent/Teacher conferences and helping with homework.
- I will teach my children spiritual principles. As their father, this is my main job.
- I will treat my children as individuals. It’s easy to lump them together as my kids, but they each have a unique personality that I must help nurture and develop.
- I will complete a family tree so they will not forget their ancestors.
- I will live a life that my children will want to imitate.
Happy New Year,
Question: What are your New Year’s Resolutions?