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Parenting New Year Resolutions

Parenting New Year Resolutions

There is something wonderful about starting the New Year; it feels like we have wiped the slate clean and turned a new page in our book of life. In a sense, we get a new chance to start all over again and that is energizing!

What is on your list of resolutions? Hitting the gym? Clean eating? De-cluttering? All of those are wonderful resolutions and goals to work towards. While we are building our resolution list, allow me to share a few specifically for parents. Let us make 2018 your best parenting year; the year where you revamp your relationship with your children and hopefully become a happier and more fulfilled parent.

New Year Resolution #1: Commit to your relationship
Commit to your parent-child relationship. Spend one-on-one time each day with each child. If you do not make any commitments this year, at least make this one. Spending one-on-one uninterrupted time with each child daily helps build emotional connections, reduces negative behaviors and makes children more cooperative throughout the day.

New Year Resolution #2: Commit to your other relationship
When we think of the wellbeing of our families, we almost always think of our kids only and neglect our partners (true for both moms and dads). This year, make sure you commit to your relationship with your partner by making time for each other daily to reconnect, talk and share your thoughts and ideas. Schedule time at least once a month to recharge together. You will both be happier and more energized when caring for your kids.

New Year Resolution #3: Take a mommy time-out
If you have been a mother for more than a day, you already know that motherhood is not easy. Actually, despite it being the most rewarding and fulfilling, it is also one of the hardest jobs. There will be times when you will not feel so much love for your kids, when you will simply be tired or even burnt out from all your responsibilities. It is precisely at these moments when you should be taking a mommy time-out. This year make time for yourself; not only will you be happier, but taking some time on your own will help you gain a new perspective on your kids and family. It’s a win-win situation.

New Year Resolution #4: Assign chores
This year assign a few chores to your kids. Chores will help children cultivate a sense of responsibility. Not convinced? Research has shown that chores not only help kids become more responsible but also increase their self esteem, teach them how to handle frustration effectively and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater academic success.

Wishing you and your families a very happy, healthy and rewarding New Year!

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