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A father and baby sleeping together on the couch in the new year while the mom kisses the baby on the cheek.

Why I’m Doing Less in the New Year

We usually make plans (resolutions) to do more of this and that in the new year, but what about creating a list of doing less of this and that? Here is my list:

  • Next year let there be
  • less pointing  
  • less gossip
  • less disenchanted mumbles under our breath
  • less snappy responses
  • less sighs of impatience   
  • less disgusted rolling of the eyes
  • less excuses
  • less avoidance
  • less blame
  • less apathy
  • less “what’s-in-it-for-me”
  • less getting offended
  • less proving you’re always right
  • less bluntness
  • less narcissism
  • less poor sports
  • less cell phone addiction
  • less jumping to conclusions
  • less knee-jerk-hate (you people are all alike)
  • less cussing
  • less rudeness
  • less laziness
  • less begrudging
  • less getting things your way
  • less unsolicited opinions
  • less breaking promises
  • less making promises we can’t keep
  • less regrets

Generosity, kindness, patience (well, not always or as much as we’d like), good cheer, forgiveness, mellow attitude, and gratitude are all attributes of this season. May they be with you until we change the calendar to the new year.

Start Doing Less This Year with These Books

The cover of the board book So Many Feelings.

So Many Feelings

The cover of the chapter book The Phone Book.

The Phone Book

The cover of the book CALM for Moms.

CALM for Moms

Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, born in Los Angeles, California, is a modern-day expert on tact and civility. She naturally eased into the field of etiquette due to her upbringing. Not a “finger bowl” lifestyle, but one filled with courtesy, tact, and humility.

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