As we start the New Year again, it is important to reflect on the past year and remind ourselves of our good parenting successes and the ways that have acted in the best interests for children. For some inspiration and New Year’s resolution ideas, here are some examples of parenting resolutions, which we hope you will find realistic and doable throughout the new year.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents & Families:
1. Say “Yes” More. Try saying “yes” more to spending quality family time and doing things together. Some Ideas on Quality time with Families:
- Sharing & Reading books.
- Dancing or singing together.
- Sitting by your infant and watching and encouraging as he/she grabs over and over again for a slightly out-of-reach object.
- Watching in delight as your toddler dumps out and fills containers with toys or practices going up and down a stair or two again and again, while you offer your verbal and nonverbal encouragement.
2. Worry Less. Keeping kids safe should be a priority, but don’t let your worries about all the large and small highly sensationalized harm that exists out there drive your life. The overwhelming odds are with you. Instead, find ways to make your kid’s world safer and let them actively explore what’s around them.
Baby and Child Proofing
It’s easy to become desensitized to unsafe conditions. Safe settings depend on adults being vigilant about safety concerns:
- Check toys, equipment and furnishing for rough, broken, or unsafe parts
- Keep in mind that babies will use anything available to pull themselves up to stand, to hold on to while walking, or to climb on. Equipment needs to be secure and heavy enough so that babies cannot cause it to fall.
- Ensure that there are proper surfaces under climbing equipment to cushion falls over 36 inches.
- Cover electrical outlets.
- Make heaters and fans inaccessible.
- Install child-proof railings and banisters on stairs and other raised areas.
- Make sure that medications, purses, cleaning supplies, and other potentially unsafe materials are out of the reach of children.
- Ensure that floor surfaces, both indoors and out, are non-skid, especially in areas that get wet or covered with sand.
- Have places where young infants can safely watch or play safely.
- Observe the environment throughout the day for hazards (e.g., toys on the floor).
3. Negotiate Less; Explain More. Kids deserve to know the thinking behind our decisions and expectations, but should not be equal partners at the bargaining table.
4. Read a Little More. It’s not only a good way to spend time together, but reading to your child, with your child, and in front of your child will also help them grow as readers.
- Make reading time a more engaging, enjoyable and enriching learning experience
- Identify high quality children’s literature and pick the right books for your child(ren)
- Master storytelling techniques to make books come to life
5. Write a Little More. Get in the habit of writing notes of encouragement, love, recognition, responsibility, and daily appreciation of life.
6. Expect a Little More. In the new year, expect more from your children, like good behavior, responsibility, manners, kindness, and all of the goodness that lies within your kids. And provide rewards for your Children after their archievements. (Eg. Birthday Parties)
7. Expect a Little Less. Be okay with a little less constant scheduling and enrichment filled days. Slow down, you move too fast. Children need a lot of slow to grow. Create a daily schedule for your kids, as well as yourself, that is more balanced and realistic.
8. Connect More. Take steps to maintain friendships /relationships, and stay connected with family, the community, those less fortunate, and the natural world.
9. Create Sweet & Unforgettable Memories. We all love a good trip down memory lane in our homes, where we sees it everyday. Sometimes all it takes is to create some time for bonding and capture those memories down. Every day happen ones, so try making everyday as fulfilling as possible but plan that one or two day to Capture your Memories. =)
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