If you have come here to look for traditional New Year’s resolutions ideas like giving more time to the kids, fulfilling their wishes etc., then you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. However, we don’t intend to let you go empty handed. After having a stimulating discussion with the parents of teens and tweens, we have managed to determine what parents should focus on in the coming year. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start the New Year with a clean slate. Just focus on the things you ignored until now. Set these totally doable New Year goals and stick to them no matter what.
Say Yes to No
Parenting is all about fulfilling the needs of the kids, be it physical, emotional, or financial, but this does not mean that you do everything your kids say. You must learn to say no to your kids. You have to understand that it is absolutely okay to say no. Your kids may not like this change in your behavior in the start, but they will eventually get used to it. Most importantly, it will make them realize that they can’t have their way through pleading, screaming, sulking, or some other manipulation tactic that may have worked in the past. So, pick up a page and pencil and add it in your resolution list. You may face difficulty saying no in the start, but keep trying. Consistency is the key to success. Start with the kids and implement it on everyone else later on. Following this simple tip will make your life much easier and simpler.
Reconnect with Your Inner Self
Make it your New Year’s resolution to take out time for yourself. Being a parent is a full-time job, but this does not mean that you forget about yourself. From now onwards, make it a habit of spending some time away from the family. You may utilize this time to do something you like or have been thinking of doing for a long time. Go out for dinner with old friends, get a membership of any club, visit a spa, or just go to a nearby park and sit there for a while. It will make you feel fresh and alive.
Learn to Accept Rather than Regret
Most of the parents have this annoying habit of regretting things they can’t change. We keep on blaming ourselves for our kid’s mistakes even after they get older. It’s time to start accepting and stop regretting. Promise yourself that you will accept everything life throws at you with an open heart and positive mind, and you won’t regret things you can’t control.
Start Living in the Present
Stop worrying about your future or that of your kids. Enjoy the moment you are living in and forget everything else. The time you are spending with the kids won’t come back, so do not ruin it by worrying about the things that do not even matter. Cherish the little moments and stay optimistic.