Posted on January 05 2017
Each January, most of us start thinking about what we’d like to change or improve in the upcoming year. Most New Year’s resolutions tend to include a combination of working out, eating less, and saving money. Why not switch it up this year and create resolutions that will make you a better parent?
Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas to help you get started.
- Do more of what you like.
Yes, constantly putting your kids first and doing things for them is what being a parent is all about. But, what about you? A major part of being a good parent involves you feeling good about yourself. You want to set a positive example for your kids? By doing more of what you enjoy, you’ll set a better example than when you are knee-deep in your kid’s toys singing preschool songs.
- Start saying, "no."
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with balancing school functions, extra curricular activities, playdates, and of course, time for yourself. This year, feel comfortable saying “no,” to things you don’t have time for or don’t want to do. Your kid doesn’t have to attend every single birthday party, and they definitely don’t need a playdate every day of the week. It’s okay to say “no,” slow down, and have a relaxing day instead.
- Take a technology cleanse.
Technology gets more exciting every year, and 2017 will be no different. But, instead of allowing it to engulf you, why not take a technology cleanse instead? Multitasking may be your middle name, but no kid wants to compete with that brand new iPhone. Dedicate time this year to putting down your phone and having quality time with your little ones. One-on-one time will never go unappreciated.
- Take it easy.
Give yourself a break in 2017. You don’t have to do it all and you are allowed to make mistakes. It’s human. Just like you wouldn’t want your kid to be so hard on themselves, ease up and give yourself a break too. You’re doing the best you can, so take it easy.
For the Kids
If your child is three or older, maybe you want to start introducing them to the concept of New Year’s resolutions. How can your little ones be better in the upcoming year? The trick is to keep resolution ideas very simple. Try some of these ideas, or ask your child how they want to improve themselves this year.
- Pick up toys and put stuff away where it belongs.
- Be a better listener when Mommy or Daddy asks them to do something.
- Read more books and watch less TV.
- Tackle picky eating by trying one new food every month.
- Say hello and be kind to other kids who look sad or lonely.
To encourage consistency in resolutions, consider setting up a reward system of some kind. This will not only keep them focused on the goal at hand, but will also inspire them to try harder. The results of New Year’s resolutions that promote growth for you and the kids will lead to a happier, healthier, and more well-rounded family. What more could you ask for in 2017?