It’s a new year, and people everywhere are looking forward to the clean slate that lies ahead. If you’re anything like me, it’s a time of reflection and goal-setting.
Before I had children it was the time of year I’d vow to learn to mix a perfect martini or to finally run a 5k.
Since becoming a mother, though, my new year’s resolutions have been less frivolous and more focused on being a better parent, and I know I’m not alone. As good as all this goal-setting sounds, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to make those changes happen.
I’ve asked 3 parenting experts, Josh Klapow, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Public Health, Stephanie Newman, Clinical Psychologist and author of Mad Men on the Couch, and Amy Morin, LCSW and the discipline expert for about.com to weigh in on 6 common new year’s parenting resolutions and how to be successful implementing them.
Have a resolution to share? Include it in the comments!
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Be More Present
"If parents want to be more present, they should set some action steps about how to go about doing that. For example, a parent may decide to turn off their cell phone for 30 minutes each evening and play with the children. Turning off the television and any other electronic devices can also help. For parents who struggle to be mentally present due to worrying about all the other things they should be doing instead of playing, writing out a short to-do list prior to playing with the kids can help them to get their thoughts organized so they can focus more on being present with the kids rather than trying to remind themselves to pay a bill or return a phone call as soon as they're done. For parents who want to be more physically present with kids, it can be helpful to set a schedule each week and actually schedule in time with your kids. Treat your kids like they are the most important appointment of the day and it will make sure that time with them is a priority. "
Amy Morin, LCSW