*This post was updated April 2019
Approaching Habits for Ourselves
I'm so often focused on helping other people, little people, with their habits, that mine are easily overlooked. But, the truth is that if I improve my habits, they won't pick up the bad habits in the first place. Habit training ourselves is in some ways simpler than habit training our children. There is not so much battling of the wills, unless our motivation is a problem.
For me, having a visual cue and setting up the environment for success is always helpful. For habits of health, keeping a journal can be extremely helpful. With other personal habits, having a Bible verse or quote nearby can help, or even having a jar that you add something to can help. You don't have to link the filled jar to a personal reward, just the act of placing a paper clip or something else into the jar every time you complete the habit can be rewarding enough.
I'm choosing a healthy habit each month, because I want my children to not live off of cheese and bread and sugarlike it seems they do some days. I want their teeth to be healthy and strong so that when we visit a Dentist in Manchester, they get a glowing oral health report. My plan is not to lose weight (I will never, ever diet in front of my children), but my plan is to show what a healthy lifestyle looks like. I am almost positive that by the end of the year, I won't be a clean-eating, daily-exercising, super fit mama, and that is okay with me. The goal is to model healthier habits for my children.
*Note- I don't have any qualifications to give health or fitness advice, but these are habits recommended by experts.
I feel like I'm caught in this eternal whirlwind of busyness, so I'm not even sure what the current habits look like in my home. I'm assuming I'm not terrible at all of these, but there can probably be some room for improvement. Planning habits out like this will let me be more intentional with these habits and help me learn about my own strengths and weaknesses.
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Tracey Brewer says
Love these lists of habits ~ especially how you’re focusing on one thing each month. I’m going to pin this to refer back to for myself! I definitely know I need help in the healthy habits area.
Thank you, Tracey! Setting mini-goals seems to work better for me! I’m glad it will be a good reference for you!
Eleanor Brocato says
Leah, these are fantastic resolutions!!! Will you be sharing more about them as you go through each month? I would love to hear more about what Charlotte Mason says on each of those healthy habits for moms 😉
Thank you so much, Eleanor! It’s a great idea to write about one of these habits each month- I hadn’t thought of that! Thank you!