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Readers Share Their New Year's Parenting Resolutions

Last December I wrote a post of my parenting resolutions for 2011. God bless the internets, that post will serve as a forever reminder of my failure on all 5 counts.

I started out 2011 with the best of intentions (like I always do), but by January 4th I was totally over it.

I’ve discovered the only resolutions I have a snowball’s chance in hell of keeping are those made with reinforcements. Left to my own devices, I’m bound to make parenting resolutions that look a little something like this:

1. Drink a glass of red wine every evening. Twist my arm why don’t you.

2. Dump the trash when it starts to smell. Yeah, OK. I can do that.

3. Respond to emails in a timely fashion (and by timely I mean eventually).

4. Floss. Just kidding, no one flosses.

5. Yell less…loudly.

OK, that’s my list; done and dusted.

But that’s just me. I asked you what parenting resolutions you had for the coming year and you offered up gold star resolutions!

Take a look-see at what your fellow parents are resoluting and add your own in the comments below!

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  • Get crafty 1 of 17
    Get crafty
    "To do more crafts with my kids! I'm not a crafty person but I'm going to try and figure it out :)"
    via Tina Life Without Pink
  • Get my veggie on 2 of 17
    Get my veggie on
    "Try new veggies so my daughter will too!"
    @ThatMamaG via Twitter that mama gretchen
  • Give with a happy heart 3 of 17
    Give with a happy heart
    "To give with my whole heart, whenever my babies need me!"
    @LacyStroess via Twitter living on love
  • I’ve got a few… 4 of 17
    I've got a few...
    "To have more patience, do more crafts and live more in the moment. And also, give myself a break!"
    @Alli_n_Son via Twitter Alli N Son
  • A year of happiness 5 of 17
    A year of happiness
    "To make it the one year that she won't need therapy over! ;-)"
    @MyMamihood via Twitter My Mamihood
  • Do you hear what I hear? 6 of 17
    Do you hear what I hear?
    "It's a long shot....but maybe getting my son to listen the first time I tell him something. Is that asking too much? He is 4."
    @AnOptimisticMom via Twitter Life Is Hard, Laugh Anyway
  • Accepting myself as a mother 7 of 17
    Accepting myself as a mother
    "To just say NO to the guilt that comes w/ having a second child; I AM doing my best and that's all I can do!"
    @MrsShavers via Twitter Not Your Mama's Martha
  • Adventure time! 8 of 17
    Adventure time!
    "Expose our son to simple adventures: hiking, fishing, camping, performances and pirate festivals. The things that make us rich!"
    @mollyanorton via Twitter New Food Eden
  • Lead on! 9 of 17
    Lead on!
    "Enjoying my twice yearly obligation to lead Girl Scouts!?!"
    @JohannaGarth via Twitter Losing Sanity
  • Create some memories 10 of 17
    Create some memories
    "Spend more unplugged time with the kids. No phone, no gadgets, no TV! Just QT & fun memories!"
    @Vi3tI3abe via Twitter Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
  • The good, the bad and the impossible 11 of 17
    The good, the bad and the impossible
    "Good: spend more time with my kiddos. Bad: spend more time with my hubby - ;) (away from the kids). Impossible : quit my (well-paying/insuring) job and stay home with my little one (2 and special needs) - yet this is the one I want to do the most :)"
    via Elizabeth An Armada of Love
  • Bring the positive 12 of 17
    Bring the positive
    "Yell less, say yes more."
    @Dakotapam via Twitter It's Time for More Coffee
  • Have more fun! 13 of 17
    Have more fun!
    "More play less housework. The house always looks like a pit anyway!"
    @Mamafulton via Twitter
  • Potty patience 14 of 17
    Potty patience
    "Finding an endless level of patience. And getting my daughter potty trained #bothequallyimpossible"
    @PorchSwingMom via Twitter My Front Porch Swing
  • Preschool please! 15 of 17
    Preschool please!
    "To put my youngest in school to save my sanity!"
    @DanielleAElwood via Twitter Danielle Elwood Dot Com
  • Make it count 16 of 17
    Make it count
    "To remember that later on we won't wish we worked more, but that we had spent more quality time with our kids!"
    @BLANQIgirls via Twitter BLANQI
  • Help a mother out! 17 of 17
    Help a mother out!
    "To teach my oldest two children how to help around the house! #impossible lol"
    @SweetTnTaterTot via Twitter Sweet Tea & Tater Tots

Do you have any parenting resolutions for the coming year?

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