For most people, New Year resolutions are all based around saving money, being healthy, exercising and stopping smoking. However, as a parent, there are other things that you can resolve to do that would not just be for your own benefit but would be good for the kids, too. While cutting out the cigarettes will have a positive impact on the lives of your little ones (after all, you’ll probably be around for longer!), there are plenty of easily achievable resolutions that would be perfect for you and your family, too.
Vow to play with your kids more
We all know how quickly life can get in the way, but we have to remember that our kids won’t be kids for that long. Make a resolution to play with them every day; whether it’s bouncing around on the trampoline outside, making up scenarios with their Little People house and farm play set, or building some weird and wonderful buildings with their stash of blocks, taking some time out from the chores and taking a step back from the to-do list will do you all the world of good.
Stop working so late!
Whether you work from home or you’re out at work and bring some back with you, try and stop working at a decent time so that you can share some quality time with your children. Allow them to help prepare dinner, or enjoy some quiet time with them reading or doing their homework – by saying goodbye to work at a suitable time, you will realise that you have a perfect opportunity for quality time.
Be more patient
It’s natural to feel tired and agitated as it gets closer to the kid’s bedtime, but a good resolution would be to try and remain patient and smiling around the children. Once they’re in bed you can collapse on the sofa all you want!
Make time for you
While you’re day to day life will revolve around your children and your other half, remember that you need to make time for you, as well. After all, if you’ve had some time to yourself and you feel more relaxed and chilled because of it, your children will benefit. A relaxed mum is a happier mum!
Make time for you and your other half too; let your children know what a good, healthy relationship is all about and be living proof that it does happen.
Make some new year resolutions this year that will benefit your entire family and you will all be happier for it.
What are your new year’s resolutions for 2014?