Every year people make resolutions come the stoke of midnight to make attempts to make positive changes in their lives. Parents are no different. We all want to best for our family and making resolutions to change or improve our parenting skills can shape the way that we create our children’s future. For my husband and I, this coming year is full of a lot of hope after a rocky few years. We have made some definite resolutions for the new year and here are just a couple that we are working on.
Get Finances on Track
The economic crunch has created financial turmoil for us over the last few years. Like many families, we have struggled to make ends meet on many occasions and we are honestly tired of that road. We have decided as a parenting team that we want to not only teach our children to not to make the financial mistakes that we have made, but to better prepare our family financially for the future. We have consulted a financial planner, created a family budget and made some changes in how we account for money we spend. All of these tools should help us not only get a handle on our finances, but teach us how to properly manage money so that we can teach our children in the future how to do so also.
Remember it is a Roller Coaster Ride
Sometimes as parents, we get seriously consumed with all that we have to do, be, know and manage. It is often that we get so frustrated that we get caught up in the “down” and forget about how great the “up” of the roller coaster ride that is being a parent. As a mom I have realized just how important it is to enjoy the ride and not scream every time there is a drop in the roller coaster ride of parenting. To fix this I have taken a little rule from customer service training that has always worked for me. I was taught that when you answer the phone you should always smile before you begin speaking so that you convey that smile through your voice. I have taken to “smiling” just when I want to “scream” to prevent myself from letting the ride get the best of me. It really works to re-center my focus and remember that some day I will be missing the kids wanting my attention every second of the day and being up to my ears in toys, diapers and sippy cups!