10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Kid Should Make

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of my list of New Year’s resolutions. Sure, there’s a lot of things I could do better next year, but I’m starting to think I’m not the only person in my house who could use an internal year-end review.

Personally I think it should be mandatory that every child makes a list of New Year’s resolutions. Since my kids probably aren’t going to make a list of their own, I’m going to make New Year’s resolutions for them. Here they are:

1. Keep track of my own stuff. I’ve always relied on the Mum GPS system that keeps track of my shoes, homework, backpack, toys, favourite t-shirt, yellow bandana and that lucky pebble that I can never find. This year, I’m tuning in my own GPS and remembering where I put my stuff.

2. Give less ‘tude, more gratitude. Mum’s the best. I should probably tell her that instead of telling her I hate her because she won’t let me have ice cream for breakfast.

3. Eat more green food. And I’m going to do it without acting like someone is trying to kill me. I’ll also stop acting like I’m going to vom every time I see something healthy.

4. Offer to help. There’s really no reason I have to wait to be asked to clear my own plate or take out the rubbish bin. I could just do it without being asked. 

5. Leave when it’s time to go. Poor Mum has to spend all that time giving me “We’re going to leave” warnings like she’s a human countdown clock. Then I just freak out when it’s time to go or ask her for one more minute 57 times. I’m going to stop doing that and just leave when she tells me to.

6. Carry my own stuff. I make Mum act like she’s a human Sherpa carrying a vending machine’s worth of snacks for me and enough water to get me through a marathon, even if we’re only going out for an hour. I’ve got two arms. I’ll use those arms to carry my own stuff. Great idea!

7. Stop shouting from across the house. I could walk over to the person I want to speak to instead of shouting their name from across the house. I never have, but this year I’m going to try.

8. Do homework independently. I bet Mum already knows how to read and can already add and subtract, so she probably shouldn’t have to harass me into doing my homework.

9. Put clothes in the hamper.

It must annoy Mum so much when I toss my clothes on, near, under or around — but never actually in — the laundry basket. Next year, I’m going to get my clothes IN the hamper.

10. Sleep later on the weekend. Mum told me to say this. If it were up to me, I’d get up earlier on the weekends. More time to play with Mum!


What resolutions do you dearly wish your kids would make?

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