As the year draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on fun and simple ways to implement positive changes in my family in the coming year. What better way to do that than with parenting resolutions I actually want to keep?
My Top 5 Personal Parenting New Year’s Resolutions
1. Stop yelling. I am a self-proclaimed yeller. Potential danger? Yell. Kids aren’t listening? Yell. The more I yell, the less my children listen. I want to make a concerted effort to communicate with my children in a calm and quiet tone whenever possible. The goal is to encourage active listening. This dramatic contrast from my usual theatrics might just be enough to confuse them into submission, or at least listening.
2. Start playing. My husband and I work outside the home and somewhere along the way we forgot to stop and play. We plan to reevaluate our priorities and simplify our schedules to free up as much time as possible for spontaneous play. We want to be there for whenever fun strikes because fun is had, not scheduled.
3. Get outside. We are your typical indoor family who enjoys movie nights and home improvement projects. It’s high time we got outside as a family to enjoy some fresh air and physical activity! Outdoor play is good for our health and a great way to spend quality time together.
4. Go Green. We simply aren’t doing enough to conserve energy in our household. We decided to go beyond recycling with plans to replace our lights with energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, carpooling, washing our laundry in cold water and so much more. Even small changes make a big difference.
5. Family meal planning. My kids are picky eaters and contrary to proper parenting law, I find myself cooking two dishes to satisfy the masses at mealtime. Enough is enough. I plan to expand my children’s palates with collective meal planning and preparation because cooking can be fun! I love the idea of my children sharing a sense of pride in meals created together. As an added bonus, my sons will grow to know their way around the kitchen. The future bachelorettes of the world can thank me now.
I’m excited for what the New Year brings and with the focus of my resolutions on family, we are in for plenty of fun and adventure!