So, a few years back we gave up resolutions and decided to make goals for the family. On New Year's Eve we each decided what we wanted to see happen this year for ourselves.
Mama- #1 to yell less
#2 Read my Bible more. The pastor this weekend said we should read our Bible to know the author, not to read the book. I loved that, and it has really changed my perspective on my daily quiet time.
#3 body fat down to 19%
Daddy- #1 to get in better shape
#2 to spend more time with his family
LE- to pick up after herself (source of much yelling)
Boo- to have more fun with her family
Ben and I read a book last year, which inspired and encouraged us both. Cleaning House, a mom's 12 month experience to rid her home of youth entitlement. One of the experiments she tried, and we have tried in the past and failed was for her kids to earn a $1 each day for their responsibilities. If they don't earn it, Mama does. Ben and I want to encourage the kids to pick up as the day goes along instead of mad scramble at bed time to pick up their rooms, shoes from the living room, books everywhere, etc. So far it is working well. The girls made these clips as a visual reminder outside their doors to hold their dollar each day. The reason it didn't work out in the past was b/c we kept forgetting to get the girls' dollars to them each night, so hopefully with these visual reminders by their doors it will help both the girls to remember and us to reward.