Too many parents work these days. Our children and our family life are suffering because of the lack of quality time spent at home. Parenting may come natural to a few, but must of us have to work at it, just like any other skill. Parents, I challenge you to make a resolution in 2011 to improve yourself as a parent. Here are the top five resolutions that I will be making in order to improve myself as a parent in 2011.
First Resolution: Resolve to read to your child every day. Reading to your baby promotes brain development. Reading comprehension begins between the ages of 18-36 months. (www.readingfoundation.org) Since most of a child’s education in schools is learned through reading, teaching your child that reading is fun will make your child more successful in school.
Second Resolution: Start a 529 plan and contribute to it regularly. A college education is extremely important to help you child succeed in an adult career. While paying for your child’s college education may seem a bit daunting, starting early and contributing regularly can help make the costs more affordable, not to mention the tax benefits you may be eligible for.
Third Resolution: Creating a weekly family night. Bonding time is important for any family. Instead of getting so caught up in our jobs, schoolwork, and hobbies, lets set aside a couple hours of family time once a week to get reacquainted. Sharing this time will help us know what’s going on in our kids lives and that will help keep them safe.
Fourth Resolution: Exercise with the kids. By exercising with the kids, we help teach them about the importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is especially important since about ¼ of the children in the US are considered overweight (www.Fox News.com). We can improve as parents by changing our bad habits as adults and teach our children the fundamentals of healthy living.
Fifth Resolution: I will do the cooking. No more take-out for dinner! Cooking for my family will improve me as a parent by providing a healthier meal for my children to eat as well as saving money for us to use on other more important things. I can get my child involved in the cooking too and teach her how to cook healthy and on a budget.
Join me in 2011 with these simple resolutions that will help moms and dads improve themselves as parents.