The new year is a time when we all think about making positive changes in our lives and bettering ourselves. This year, instead of the typical weight loss and debt reduction goals you always make (and never keep!), why not make a few parenting resolutions that will really make an impact on your life and your family?
Want to be a better parent this year, but not sure where to start? Here are three parenting resolutions to make this year. (affiliates included)
Parenting Resolutions You Need to Make This Year
1. To Stop Yelling
If you’ve gotten into the bad habit of yelling at your children, you know how unproductive yelling can be. Even if it feels like it’s the only way your children will listen at the time, you know it’s just causing your family stress and hurting your family relationships. This year, resolve to stop yelling and find better ways to guide and instruct your children. Theorangerhino.com is a good place to start.
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2. To Put Down the Phone
Alternately, have you fallen into the bad habit of constantly being on your phone? Whether you are glued to Facebook, Pinterest or an online mom’s site like CafeMom, whenever you are paying attention to your phone, you aren’t paying attention to your children. Declare certain times “phone-free” times when you set aside your phone, tablet or computer and really focus on being present with your children instead. The memories you make will make the initial difficulty completely worth it.
3. To Make Date Nights a Priority
What does a regular date night have to do with better parenting? Everything. A strong marriage is the foundation on which your entire family is built. Spending time with your spouse not only allows you a chance to have a break so you can come back a more peaceful, loving mother, but it also strengthens your relationship with your spouse and your entire family as a result. Your kids deserve a happy, secure home, and regular date nights help make that happen.
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None of us are perfect parents and we all have things that we can improve on. What New Year’s resolutions do you need to make this year? Do any of them relate to your parenting?
Teacher turned work-at-home mom, Brittany loves using her words to help people improve their faith, marriage and parenting. And with one awesome husband and two very rambunctious little boys, she’s always got a lot to say! In addition to writing for Love and Marriage, she also owns her own site, Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares helpful tips, tricks and encouragement to help women be the amazing women God created them to be.