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13 Ways I Want to Become a Better Mother in 2013

I’m usually not one for making resolutions for the new year. They usually last for a couple of weeks and then slowly fade away. Before you know it, you’re back to the same person you were in the previous year.

New years always bring on changes. For me, the new year is more about a lifestyle change. And I want to make those changes positive ones in my life. Things that make me a better person. Not only for myself, but for my family.

This year I am making a change and a promise to be a better mother to my girls. Because becoming a better mother will not only make me better for my girls, but it will also make me a better person all together.

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  • Turn the Electronics Off 1 of 13
    Turn the Electronics Off
    As a WAHM, I always have my computer or my phone at my side. I sometimes wonder if my girls think that they are attached to me. I really want to make the effort to turn off my computer more and focus on them. Work can wait until they are napping or in bed for the night.
  • Take More Naps 2 of 13
    Take More Naps
    Yes, I want to take more naps. I stay up late almost every night working which can leave me a bit cranky the next day. I want to try to take at least a 20 minute nap while the girls are sleeping so that I can feel re-energized and ready to be on top of my game for them.
  • Take a Day for Myself 3 of 13
    Take a Day for Myself
    It's amazing what a day by myself can do to my energy and my mindset. I've vowed to take a day for myself at least once a month so that I can focus on me and only me.
  • Stop and Enjoy the Moment 4 of 13
    Stop and Enjoy the Moment
    We get so caught up in the day to day that it's not often that we stop and enjoy the little things that go on. Savor the kisses, the cuddles, and even the whining because they grow so quickly that it won't last forever.
  • More Date Nights 5 of 13
    More Date Nights
    I get burnt out sometimes, my husband gets burnt out sometimes. It's always refreshing to go out with him and discuss something other than the daily livings of our household and children. We need this time for each other to reconnect and keep our love alive. We both go back into parenthood feeling rejuvenated.
  • Make Sure I’m Always Setting the Right Example for My Kids 6 of 13
    Make Sure I'm Always Setting the Right Example for My Kids
    My girls are a product of me and the way that I've raised them. They are watching even when I don't think that they have their eyes on me. I want to be a better person for them.
  • Learn the Power of Patience 7 of 13
    Learn the Power of Patience
    I'm not the most patient person on the planet and I've noticed that it's starting to rub off on Harlan. Rather than losing my temper because Avery isn't eating her dinner or because Harlan won't listen the first time, I am going to keep calm and find my inner patience.
  • Implement More Family Dinners 8 of 13
    Implement More Family Dinners
    I'd love to tell you that my family eats together at the dinner table every single night, but sadly it rarely happens because we let the craziness of life get in the way. From now on I want to have family dinners together at least three times a week. It's a great way for us to connect and for me to get to know my daughters more.
  • Go on Adventures 9 of 13
    Go on Adventures
    One of my favorite days last year was when I took the girls walking around the city. We did it on a whim, but it was the most fun that all three of us have ever had together. I want to do more of those this year so that we can get out of our little routine and start relishing in the moments that this great city has to offer.
  • Get Down on Their Level 10 of 13
    Get Down on Their Level
    I want to roll around on the floor and play with my kids more. I usually just watch the girls play together from the sidelines. This year I want to get involved, play with the blocks, roll the ball, crawl around. Let them know I can have fun with them too playing the things that they do.
  • Forget the Mess 11 of 13
    Forget the Mess
    I am not a fan of clutter or a mess. I really don't like toys that are scattered everywhere on the floor. Rather than stressing over the mess, I'm going to let them have their fun. There will always be a time to clean up later.
  • Capture the Little Moments 12 of 13
    Capture the Little Moments
    I always have my phone with me to take a picture at any moment. But I always tend to capture the milestones and never the little things that go on in our day. I want to be able to look back on my children's childhood and show them our day to day lives and not just the big moments.
  • Ask For Help if I Need it 13 of 13
    Ask For Help if I Need it
    I've tried to do it all and have realized that it's just not possible. Rather than stressing myself out for no reason, I am going to start asking for help. Whether it's a sitter once a week or someone to help clean my apartment, I am going to get help when and where I need it most.

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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog, A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram! Check out more of Lauren’s Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.

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