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'I want to stop getting so angry with my kids...'

Moms make New Year’s pledges

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE All Woman writer husseyd@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, December 31, 2012    

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TOMORROW is the start of a brand new year. That means new beginnings, new hopes and dreams and new pledges.

And while persons are busy thinking how they can improve themselves, many mothers are thinking about how they can be better moms and improve the lives of their little ones.

Here are some pledges from moms.

Dorain Bennett, mother of a seven-year-old daughter:

Last year my resolution was to spend more time with her. This hear it is pretty much the same but I plan on spending even more time. I want to spend more time helping her with her homework and schoolwork so she can do better in school. I also plan on giving her a stable home since she presently spends more time with her grandmother. I want her to have me around full-time.

Andrene Gallimore, mother of three:

I want to stop getting so angry with my kids. I tend to get angry over the simplest of things, to be truthful. And it's like whenever I get angry I tend to take it out on my children. I shout at them a lot or I just go in my room and lock myself away without paying them any attention. There are even times when I have threatened to kill them if they don't stop giving trouble. I pledge to change all that this year.

Alphea Saunders, mother of six-month-old girl:

I want to try to be in a happier frame of mind for her sake and to ensure that she is safe, healthy and happy.

Vinette Simmonds, mother of two:

I pledge not to tell my children bad words. Sometimes when they do some things the easiest thing that comes out is some bad words. I have been saying it for a long time now, but really and truly for 2013, I will try my best not to use those words to them.

Andrea Dilworth, mother of a four-year-old:

I plan to start going to church and to take him along with me each week. That is something his father and I are planning to do because we want to set a good example for him.

Elaine Dawkins, mother of two:

I am so busy being a single parent and working that I do not spend enough time with the kids or make them know how much I love them. So for 2013 I plan to show them more love by hugging and kissing them more, taking them places, spending time doing stuff with them, that sort of thing.

Sharon Byfield, mother of four:

I am in a relationship that is just not going anywhere. The man is abusive to me and them. So the children are in an environment that is not healthy for them, and so I pledge more than anything else to give them a better environment to grow up in.

Mary Henry, 42, mother of one:

My daughter is preparing for GSAT so my plan is to try and get her to be more focused.

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