As we welcome the new year, it is important to reflect on the past year and remind ourselves of our successes, achievements and wonderful parenting skills that have nurtured and guided our children. Often, as parents we are very critical of ourselves and we forget all the wonderful things that have happened.
As you reflect you may think about setting some new years parenting and caring resolutions. It is important to set realistic resolutions too because while we all have the best of intentions, traditional resolutions are often forgotten or viewed as too challenging by as early as mid-January!
For some inspiration and New Year’s resolution ideas, here are some examples of parenting resolutions, which we will hope you find realistic and doable throughout the year!
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents and Families:
Say ‘yes’ more. Although as parents we are often very busy, especially in January, try to say ‘yes’ more to spending quality family time and doing things together.
Say ‘no’ more. Saying no can often be more difficult than saying yes but when it comes to “I want” and “I need” – try to learn to say ‘no’.
Worry less. Keeping Everyone Safe is our number one priority but don’t let your worries take over your life. Our little ones are in the safest possible hands but if you’re conscious of something, find a way to make your child’s world safer and let them actively explore what’s around them.
Listen more; talk less. Try to take a step back and ask “How are you feeling?” “What do you think?” “Tell me about it.” “What would you do?”
Negotiate less; Explain more. We may think our children will not understand but it’s important to let them know the thinking behind our decisions and expectations. They should not be equal partners at the bargaining table however, as we are the parents, but their voices do matter.
Read more. Reading with your child is a fantastic tool and research shows that the earlier children have enjoyable experiences with books and reading, the earlier their language and literacy skills blossom.
Write more. Try writing notes of encouragement, motivation, love, recognition and a daily appreciation of life.
Expect more. Set your expectations high for your children – for example with good behaviour, additional healthy responsibility, kindness, good manners and all the wonderful things your children do.
Expect less. Take time to slow down – often things can move too quickly! Don’t try to schedule everything. Instead, create a timetable that’s fun, balanced and realistic.
Connect more. Catching up with family and friends is a wonderful time. Take steps to maintain friendships and stay connected with your community!
Have a wonderful year!