Monday, February 4, 2008

Make a list Monday (MaLM) - February goals

Sorry for the somewhat boring list today, but chores must be done. So . . .

My goals for February

1. Fix up Scott's room to make room for Andrew. This will include a new bed, rearranged toys and clothes, finally hanging stuff on the wall, and lots of chasing Andrew back INTO his bed while he gets used to his new freedom of sleeping without bars.

2. Remember that my kids are just LEARNING! I am TEACHING them, not giving them their final exams. I am going to give much more positive feedback and try to eliminate the negative. We are starting a new incentive/reward system. In the past, we have started each month with a string of circles drawn on the chalkboard, each representing a quarter of their monthly allowance. They would loose them for the usual, not obeying, fighting, not getting chores done, etc. This month we are starting with no circles and awarding them one each day for a job done well, until they reach their allowance max. I am hoping this will give us a lot more opportunity to focus on what is going well.

3. I am going to take better care of my body. I am working on my lunches. Usually Matt takes our leftovers to work, providing him a yummy and healthy way to eat. I am stuck (of my own choosing, I like sending Matt with something good) with whatever is left, sometimes a sandwich, sometimes a hot dog, sometimes a yogurt and nuts. I resolve to eat a better lunch each day including fruit (easily done, that is already normal) and a vegetable (not so easy, hello baby carrots). We'll see how we do.

I think this will be a great month. We are going to have Valentine's Day, an early anniversary celebration (before new baby) and I can't wait to finish up the boys' room. Hope you are excited as well. Plus, I'm really hoping that the snow will slowly fade away this month and bring at least the hope of spring flowers and green grass!


Laura said...

I think that's a great list.

I don't know about you, but I get tired of always eating baby carrots for my vegetables. What I like to do is buy a bunch of different veggies at the beginning of the week. When I get home, I take 10 or 15 minutes to wash and cut them up. Then I have different veggies already prepared to eat. It's just as easy to grap a bag of ready-to-eat veggies out of the fridge as it is to grab a treat out of the cupboard. Vegetables that I like to use are broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green/red peppers, cherry tomatoes, jicama (I don't know if that's technically a vegetable, but it's in the produce section.)or pea pods.
Good luck with your list this month.

bytheway, my sister left a comment on your post from July 2, 2007 titled "MaLM-Road to Hana must dos" Have you read it?

Alisa said...

Good luck with the new system. I think the kids are little angels (can't I think that?), so I can't imagine it not working out (hahaha!).
I would agree with Laura that I'm sick of baby carrots, but unfortunately that's the only vegetable I'll eat! I usually grab 5 or 6 with my Yoplait Smoothie for breakfast as I head out the door. I suppose I could learn from your initiative and example!

Brooke said...

Thanks for the heads up Laura. I so loved the road to Hana. It's a bummer it didn't work out so well for Katie.

This week I have broccoli, pea pods, spinach, lettuce with the usuals (at least for me, these are yucky winter tomatoes and cucumbers), as well as baby carrots. So far it's going well. These are purchased for dinners, but I just need to get them out for lunch too!

Shell said...

Good luck with all your goals. I'm dreading moving collette into her bed, she is perhaps going to be getting into her permanent stage of "I will no longer take a nap" and I absolutely dread it.
PS you inspire me with all your goals. I think I might try it :)