Monday January 13, 2020
The New Year is here, and we bet you are getting tired of making (and breaking) the same old resolutions each year. This year don’t choose to lose weight or hit the gym more often. Instead, make plans which will have a greater impact on you and your family—namely, make goals to impact your parenting style.
Here are great ideas for parenting goals you can set for yourself for the new year:
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff — Prioritize what you are going to let get on your nerves. Many of us lose our patience after having to tell our children something over-and-over. Others get tired and snippy when it comes to repeated questions or requests from our kids. This year you can choose to take a deep breath and try not to lose your cool when these things happen.
- Cut Back on Electronics — One thing you can do to help bring your family closer together is to limit screen time with electronic devices. Make it a point to have dinner each night at the table instead of in front of the TV. When you all sit down, put the devices away. This goes for you as well! Don’t check your emails or your news feed (or social media) while you should be bonding with your children. Also limit the amount of time you all spend playing games or watching television. Make it a goal to get out into the fresh air or to spend time doing things around the house including reading together. You should also banish the phone when you get into the car so you don’t wind up hurting yourself or kids in a texting and driving auto accident.
- Take Care of Yourself — You’re no good to your family if you’ve burned yourself out to the point you are lying sick in bed. This means it’s important to take care of yourself. Get regular check-ups for yourself and your family including flu shots and other vaccinations. Also, spend some time treating yourself, whether it be an occasional spa day, massage, mani/pedi, or just a bubble bath with a good book. Whatever helps you to relax will help you be a better parent by giving you the opportunity to focus more on your family than your own health, aches, and pains.
It's important to set new goals for your parenting style so you can be more effective with your children. If you set some of these for yourself, then you can help grow a deeper relationship with your children and they can grow up to be more engaged as young adults.