We all strive to be a better parent, and that alone speaks volumes about how much we truly care about our children’s well-being. This list is in no way complete, but is rather the top 5 resolutions I’m working on.1. Spend more quality time with your childrenOur children love us beyond words. There is nothing a child wants more than their parent’s attention. Too many children act out just to get their parents to notice them, even if it’s for the negative. Instead of letting them get so attention-starved, sit down with them and spend time with them.Turn off the screens — TV, computer, cell phone — and connect with your kid, one on one. Play a game together, talk about your days, or discuss a subject you both enjoy. The memories that will come out of time spent like this will easily become both of your favourites.2. Avoid angerIt’s easy to get angry with our children when we find crayon on the walls, play-dough on the sofa, and nail polish in the carpet. But most times our little ones don’t mean any harm, they’re just seeing what would happen, and not always in terms of how you’d react.That’s when it’s best to try to get into the mind of your little scientist. Ask them what they were doing, calmly, why and what they had hoped the outcome would be. Then explain to them why it didn’t work, what happened instead, and why it’s not okay to do those things.3. Give them choicesAs my toddler got older, she started knowing more of what she wanted. For example, when it came to food she knew what she did and didn’t want. I learned quickly that a good way to avoid meal-time tantrums was to give her a choice, even if it was between two different types of pastas and sauces. When children have control over the world around them, they’re more likely to be agreeable.4. Be youWe often look at the other parents in our lives and see how we each do things differently. And that’s not a bad thing. When it starts eating away at our confidence and security in our parenting abilities, that’s when it becomes a problem. What works for the family down the street may not work for you. And that’s okay. As long as your children are well taken care of, loved, and happy, that’s what matters.5. Have fun We want our children to have good memories from their childhood. Good and happy memories. And the best way to do that is to have fun. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy their childhood because, oh boy, it sure does fly by, and fast.There’s an opportunity for enjoyment in almost everything. It’s just a matter of finding it.