My world revolves around my kids and no amount of achievements can ever compare to a precious hug or a kiss from them. When they tell me, ‘Mom, I think you’re cool!’, that fills me with more pride than winning at any award function. I have had a very busy 2015 and somewhere in the process, my kid’s needs have been ignored to some extent, so this year my biggest resolution is to take them along in my pursuits; be it fitness, travel and in all my learnings. These are my wishes for my little individuals of future;
Teach them tolerance
This has not stemmed from the talks of an intolerant India, incase you are wondering, but from observing people around. It is such an issue if someone pokes you, teacher scolds you or your friend takes your toy away. When we were growing up our parents never questioned the teachers, left us to resolve issues on our own and that in a way taught me to be tolerant and finally to share.
Learning through travel and adventure
No book can teach what experience can and I have realised, as a family we bond the most when we travel together. So looking forward to a year of fun-filled-adventure-laden-exploration-dipped travel trips and building more and more happy memories together.
Spend more and more happy family times
Somewhere in 2015, I realised that while we are around each other, we are all living our seperate lives. My hubby was forever working or reading his books, I was forever blogging or checking my phone, my kids were either watching TV or on electronic devices. This reached a point where if asked to switch off, they would get terribly upset or throw tantrums, finally one day I cut off all TV connections and consciously decided to raise them technology free. This is going to keep extending into 2016 also. It’s tough to keep them engaged without technology, but I am looking forward to meaningful conversations, family picnics, happy times and more.
Make them environmentally conscious
We have all been hearing and reading about global warming, environmental hazards and more, but have chosen to ignore it and move on with our daily lives. But last year when disasters like the Chennai Floods, Nepal Earthquake struck, it has shooked me to consider these as not fiction but current reality. I want to raise environmentally concious kids, who care for their surroundings and not individuals like us who take everything around us for granted. For a careless past we lived should not hold a dark future for them.
Introduce them to fitness
While I abide by fitness and hope some of it will brush off on my kids, this year I will make a concious effort to get them into fitness. A fit body means a fit mind and kids of this generation need to imbibe this early. This year I want to take them along on this journey.
Make them fearless
They come to the world without fears and slowly we devlop some into them; if you don’t eat your food the police will come and catch you, don’t go there there are ghosts there. I want to get them rid of their fears and want nothing to hold them back in their pursuits.
I am very particular about what they eat, but sometimes for ease I just give in to junk food or them skipping a particular vegetable. I have been thankful if they have finished a meal on their own. Correct nutrition means a lifetiem of health and I want to appeal to their logic and make them pick up atleast one food from a food group they like and one they want to try eat it.