The New Year is here and you’ve likely been thinking about resolutions for 2018, which may include a few parenting-specific resolutions. By the end of the year, 90% of people won’t have reached the goals they set for themselves. We want to help you make sure you’re part of the 10% who did. Check out these four simple New Year’s resolutions for parents that will help make your life feel simpler (and more fulfilled) next year.
1. Set Aside Quality More Time
Whether it means locking up your laptop after work or cutting out extracurricular activities that leave your family feeling overwhelmed, make it a point to set aside more quality time with your kids in the upcoming year. If you’re a mom to multiples, include one-on-one activities that allow you to focus on one child at a time. Personalize activities that are tailored to your child’s interests so you can foster their growth and creativity while also creating a bonding experience.
2. Think Before Saying “No”
Instead of automatically saying “no” to things in 2018, take time to really weigh the pros and cons of each request. This includes things like after-school activities for your kids, vacation opportunities for the family or other excursions that might seem a little bit out-of-the-box. While it’s important to keep things like finances in mind, it’s also okay to splurge a little and say “yes” to things that could lead to priceless memories with your family.
3. Take Time for Yourself
Parents often find themselves so overwhelmed by the needs of their children, that they forget to take time for themselves. This year, make sure you’re setting aside time for yourself every day. Whether this is an hour at the gym or time to read your favorite book, these small daily activities can help you focus on your own health and wellness. Build in lunch opportunities with friends and family throughout every month so you have a chance to get out of the house and catch-up with loved ones. Putting yourself first sometimes gives you the energy and positive attitude you need to be the best parent possible.
4. Create Better Routines
Do you find yourself running around to get dinner ready? Maybe you struggle with getting the kids to bed or are rushing to get them out the door for school in the morning. Whatever your specific pain points may be, come up with a plan to create a better routine. This might mean waking up earlier, meal prepping on the weekends, dividing tasks more equally with your partner or even getting the kids more involved in completing chores around the home. A solid routine is great for you, but it will also benefit the kids and leave everyone feeling less stressed.
Need some help setting goals or building new habits? Check out the science behind creating a new routine.