I recently saw this posted on facebook and thought I should share it here too.
30 Day Mom Challenge
Mom's Ultimate To-Do List
1. Ask "what is one thing we can do together, this month?"
2. Go the whole day without yelling at your children.
3. Hug your child three times today.
4. Kiss your child while they are sleeping.
5. Tell yourself, "He's only ____ years old. He's still a child." Then treat him that way.
6. Bake, make, or buy them their favorite food.
7. Leave a sweet note for them.
8. Calculate how many more weekends let until your child graduates from high school.
9. Picture yourself at your child's age. Try to remember how you felt.
10. Today's mom focus: joy.
11. Tell your child, "I am so glad you're my son/daughter."
12. Pray for wisdom in mothering your child.
13. Do not criticize your child today.
14. Remember that being a mother is a gift.
15. Be firm when needed, but not harsh.
16. Picture what you want your child to be like at age 25. Mother with that in mind, today.
17. Laugh with your child today.
18. Who is a mom you admire? What quality of hers can you live out, today?
19. Teach your child one thing that he can do on his own today.
20. Today's focus: patience.
21. Forgive yourself when you mess up.
22. How do you want your child to remember you? Be that mom, today.
23. Replace sarcasm with kindness.
24. Don't interrupt your child when he is talking.
25. Ask your child's opinion sometime today.
26. Make it a point to encourage your child today.
27. Do one thing that is good for your health: walk 10 minutes, eat a piece of fruit or get a good night's sleep.
28. Teach your child a new word.
29. Turn off your phone, computer or TV today when your child is with you.
30. Today's focus: love.
Sometimes this will be easy. 3, 6, 17, 26.
Sometimes this will be hard. 2, 13, 14, 21.
I started yesterday, the 9th, on #9. I found myself thinking back to my middle school years, not a great time in my life.
Carter is now in 7th grade. He is trying to find his place. Last year was pretty tough. This year seems better.
While working on #9, I try to have more patience for the preteen angst. I remember trying to get to classes on time, with all the necessary supplies, after going to my locker, the bathroom, checking my hair, and passing notes in the hall...all within 5 minutes between classes.
He is doing all that and getting mostly B's. I should cut him some slack and give him more praise.
I often forget that Hayden is only 6. He likes making his own scrambled eggs for breakfast. He is on the swim team. He runs his own bath. I am always concerned with not letting him be the "baby" of the family. Have I made him too independent? What was I capable of doing by myself at age 6?
The 30 Day Mom Challenge is a great way to focus on one thing at a time. Make one change at a time. Change one bad habit. Start one good habit.
I hope you will join me and share the ways you have accepted the challenge.
Today's mom focus: joy. Time for me to get to work.