I think I did pretty well on last year's resolutions (get out more at the weekends, get Lara riding a bike more frequently and take my career more seriously) so, in keeping with my blogging traditions, here are my resolutions for 2014. I'll keep it brief!
1. Try to keep the house clean! This is rather in conflict with last year's resolution to get out more at the weekends. Last year we had so many busy weekends that we struggled to keep on top of the housework. With both me and Mr. B out of the house for most of the working day we find it hard to find the time but a clean house really does make a difference to how I feel so I'm going to try really hard to keep on top of things this year and hopefully this will mean that I don't need to perform mammoth spring cleans but more likely lots of regular cleans.
2. Embrace Holly's behaviour rather than fight it. Over the Christmas period we have visited or hosted lots of friends and family and they have seen Holly at her best/worst; I'm happy now that others have experienced her 'normal' wild self, that I'm not overestimating her 'behaviour' issues. Holly is naughty. There is no escaping it. But over these few weeks I've realised that the words I use to describe Holly (other than CUTE... a lot) are all very negative (terrible, bad, naughty, horrific, cheeky, troublesome, challenging) and it isn't fair or healthy for her to hear such negative things about herself... I feel like I am always saying "No" to her. So in 2014 I resolve to embrace the naughtiness and try to be more mellow about it. I keep reminding myself that this is a toddler phase but I'm beginning to doubt that. What if Holly just is a cheeky, over-boisterous person. What if she genuinely has behaviour issues? What if this is how it will always be? So I'm going to try and learn about Holly and to understand why she is who she is.