7 Resolutions Every Parent Should Make
Cheers to making January the best month ever. We’re 7 days into the New Year, did you make your list of your resolutions? It’s never too late! Growth is a continual process that doesn’t begin and end with the calendar year. If you’re looking for something beyond jumping on the health and fitness band wagon (oh, see you there), check out these 7 resolutions every parent should consider making in 2014.
1. Keep calm and parent on.
If you haven’t heard of Orange Rhinoceros you need to give this article a read. We’ve all been there… pushed to the parenting edge and snapped a time or two. I don’t know about you, but I kick myself afterwards. No one feels good when yelling is involved. Count to three, take a deep breathe and channel every ounce of patience you can.
2. The work day ends at the door.
Clock out and set aside time to play, really play. Enjoy a family game together, build something together or even sit down and talk about the day. No distractions. “Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things.”
3. Cook more.
Every family has different routines. However, there’s nothing like sitting down at the dining room table for a home cooked meal. Set a goal, make weekly meal plans ahead of time and involve the family. Let the kids help pick the menu, set the table, cook or clean the dishes. There are great lessons to be learned in responsibility and family.
4. Get organized.
Digging yourself out of post-Christmas clutter is a daunting task. Put the time in to tackle to chaos one project at a time; it doesn’t have to happen in a day or even an entire weekend. Start with a list and then prioritize.
5. Learn something new together.
Take up a hobby, instrument or start learning a language together. Whether it’s with the entire family, the kids or just your significant other, it’s always fun to grow and develop together.
6. Gain financial freedom.
Set financial goals for the year in real numbers. If you’d like to get out of debt this year, put it in dollar signs. Make it real and tangible. Don’t forget about your why! Whether it’s saving for college, planning a family vacation or donating to charity, define the amount, make a plan and work towards it.
7. Allow more time to self-nurture.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. I’m not just talking about fitness and health. Treat yourself to a spa day, a new hair-do or a give yourself time to do a little reading. Whatever your guilty pleasure… indulge!