Here are some great parenting resolutions to try. Just because itâ€™s March doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t come up with new resolutions today!
- No More Yelling.
Make this a non-negotiable pledge. No matter what is happening with your child, commit to remain calm and rational. Remember that youâ€™re the one in charge. You only lose control of the situation when you lose your cool. This practice will make you and your child much happier. (And no yelling between spouses/partners either! Children will follow the example you set. And kindness between parents makes a child feel
secure and loved.)
- Get Enough Rest.
Being a parent means being tired. Itâ€™s part of the job description. But there are many ways that you can get the rest you need to be the patient loving parent you want to be. When you get the rest you need youâ€™ll be a better parent, but also a better friend, spouse and worker.
- Rest your mind by doing something you enjoy like reading a novel or chatting with an old friend.
- Rest your body and mind by getting enough sleep, usually 8 hours is best. Make this a non-negotiable top priority.
- Rest your mind by taking 10-15 minutes when you feel your energy waning to close your eyes and meditate (translation: let go of your thoughts worries for this time). You will be AMAZED at how much of a lift you get from this
- Say No. Say no to those things that are a drain on your time. Success in life means
achieving your priorities. What are yours? Write them down. Then when other things come into your life, (invitations, magazines, books, TV shows, new technology, surveys, etc.) if they donâ€™t fit in with your priorities then pass on them even if they seem interesting or if you feel obligated. You are obligated to yourself and your family first.
By passing on things that donâ€™t fit in with your priorities, you will avoid a lot of frustration because you wonâ€™t fall behind on the things that are most important to you. Every once in a while review your priorities and the time you have allotted for each to see if you need to update them.
- Play with Your Children.
This is the greatest gift you can give to your child. When you find your child asking you for the millionth time to play or talk or take them to the park, it might be time to put the chores aside and play. Even if it is for 15-20 minutes, that can really make a difference for your child. It builds their confidence, self-esteem, and creativity. If there is something you must finish, like the dinner or the dishes, involve them. It may slow you down a bit, but itâ€™s a great time to teach and listen to them. During playtime, let the child lead. Listen, praise, dance, sing, enjoy!
- Tuck Your Kids into Bed. Take time out to read, count your blessings, review the highlights of the day focusing on the positive events and the learnings from difficult things. Tell them you love them, how great you think they are, and why you are proud of them. Smile and feel the joy that parents are so blessed to have. This is the reward for all your hard work! Good job, parents!