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Which one will you pick?

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25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Parent Should Make

Which one will you pick?

by Michelle Horton

December 30, 2009

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We’re on the cusp of a new decade, a time for self-reflection and fresh starts. In case you’re having trouble thinking of a resolution or two, we’ve compiled 25 for every parent to ponder as we head into 2010. Happy New Year! - Michelle Horton

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Teach your kids money management skills.

It’s never too early to learn the meaning of a dollar, especially after the gimme-gimme holiday season simmers down. Here, Anton Simunovic, founder of threejars.com, shares effective ways to use an allowance to teach kids self-reliance and responsibility.

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Read with your children. For fun.

In our competitive culture, where we flash card our children and stress about preschool admissions, many parents consider reading with their kid to be an educational chore. But whatever happened to reading for enjoyment, life lessons or bright, silly pictures? This year, let’s focus on our child’s excitement, not their reading level.

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Show appreciation for our parents.

We may be parents now, fussing over our children’s tiny feet, putting them on a school bus and sending them out into the world; but once upon a time, we were the kids being fussed over, being put on a school bus, being sent out into the world. For many, it takes having a child to finally appreciate what it means to have a parent. It’s time to show them the love.

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Do more home cooking.

There’s something about the waft of simmering garlic and roasting chicken that congregates a family faster than Christmas morning, but we understand cooking can be intimidating. Whether you’re more comfortable with the old-school charm of cookbooks or the modern convenience of helpful iPhone apps, Babble’s all about making cooking accessible for everyone. (And check out Nibblers for family memory-making inspiration!)

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Don’t beat yourself up over organics.

The incessant message that organic equals health isn’t likely to let up and unfortunately, neither is the hefty price tag for organic foods. To keep your family and bank account healthy, follow this shopping guide. And when the funds won’t allow, eh, organic shmorganic. There are more important things to worry about.

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Go on, let it out.

Yes, we’re big bad parents, strong and all knowing, but we’re not superheroes. We’re all just trying to get from point A to point B with minimal tears, tantrums and ouchies. With all of the balls we have in the air, always putting on a brave face is a waste of energy (we’re looking at you, too, Dads!). Let’s take a cue from our kids on this one and every once in awhile allow ourselves a good cry.

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Give your home a green makeover.

Not all of us have the energy, time or money to do a complete green overhaul, but that doesn’t mean we should throw in the plastic and preservative-ridden towel. Here are some simple steps we can take to create a better world for our kiddos.

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Organize clutter:

We get it. One minute the place is in order, the next we’re tripping over toys and climbing over laundry baskets. Kids have an uncanny way of tearing through a house, leaving us on constant pick-up duty. Well, no more. Here, a professional organizer offers tips on how to clean up the mess.

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…but let the dishes pile up every now and then.

Being tidy is one thing, but expecting your house to look immaculate 24-7 is a pipe dream. Take some advice from this writer who insists there are better ways to spend our lack-of-time than scrubbing floors.

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It’s the small things that matter.

Not every child has a parent with a PhD - or even a working memory of high school calculus - but it doesn’t make us lesser parents. It’s the simple lessons that will ultimately stick with our children, like the ones in this Do-It-Myself Guide. Set aside some time to teach them things you do know - then watch your tot (or teen) stare up (or down) in amazement.

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Stop worrying about every. little. thing.

Pick your mental battles. We have enough on our minds without stressing about whether the TV is causing irreversible damage or the babysitter is replacing Mommy. If you feel your heart racing or your breath catching, step back and assess how trivial the issue is. Need help? We’ve got you.

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Stop judging other parents.

We’re all on the same team, yet we still snicker, sneer and judge one another. Don’t we have enough to worry about without micromanaging the child rearing of others or caring what the other bus stop moms will think? Let’s start the new decade by supporting, helping and encouraging our fellow monster-checking, nose-wiping parents.

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About michellehorton

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “Parenting Resolutions | New Years Parenting Resolutions | How To Be A Better Parent

  1. Linda Draperd says:

    I love all of these – thanks for the ideas! But I definitely think #4 is mine: I need to chill out this year.

  2. Belinda Moriarty says:

    They are all great resolutions … having trouble picking just one. So well written and inspirational :)

  3. Debbie Ambrosino says:

    Thank you for these inspirational resolutions. It really gets you to reflect on your daily parenting relationships. I think I will really think more about the modeling aspect. We are our childrens’ first teacher in all life’s areas. I think I’m going to remember to say “I love you” each and everyday. Thanks so much for these great resolutions.

  4. Kathy Graham says:

    #25 is my choice, though they were all great. Managing money is an issue in my home. I have a 25 year old daughter and a 10 year old. My oldest cannot manage money and if I had the knowledge back then to follow those tips her life would be easier now. I am going to work with my youngest child. Thank you so much for your wonderful insightful article.

  5. Renee Redner says:

    #23 is the one. I am a new grandma and I love babble.com. Many things have changed since I raised my children and I would like to thank babble.com for letting me keep up with the new times. And Ms. Horton your writing is exceptional and I hope to see more from you.

  6. Nikki Grover says:

    This is a great article. It really instills that instead of everyone complaining about what they have to do, don’t want to do, and can’t do, everyone needs to find the positive in life, and look forward to the new year ahead. These resolutions are wonderful. I hope to achieve each and every one, especially taking the time to enjoy my family (even if that means putting down the books, realizing that a B on a paper isn’t the end of the world, and that there IS time if I make some). Also, I wanted to comment on your resolution about letting kids be kids. I absolutely, whole heartedly agree on this. Children need to get messy, pretend, dream, and create. In our children’s over scheduled lives, this is more than imperative. Excellent article, as always Ms. Horton!

  7. happy new year says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. Every resolution is worth doing. I am going to save the list and look back on it when I need reminding. More than anything, I like that it was written in such an encouraging, yet forgiving, way!

  8. 2010 says:

    My resolution: Quit smoking!

  9. Emily Geizer says:

    This year we’re writing resolutions as a family activity, just for fun. We are writing goals for 2010 as well as this next decade. I like setting goals for myself and I am really excited to envision and plan for the next decade.A part of the plan will have to consider the stages of my kids along the way. In ten years, I will have two adolescents (15 and 12 yrs old!). This realization at once brings uncertainty and direction to the plans.It reminds me that my parenting needs to keep the long-range vision. In addition to addressing the crisis du jour, I also need to guide my kids’ development into becoming resilient, thoughtful, compassionate, generous, and resourceful adolescents and adults.This wholistic vision of parenting is among the top of my New Decade’s Resolutions. I will be asking myself, “Are my actions, choices, reactions, and guidance serving my children well today AND 10 years from now AND 20 years from now?”In addition, we will increase our family vacations by 100% and I will work harder than ever to create exceptional parenting courses for you and other fellow parents working hard to become better parents.

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