Top 10 Parenting Resolutions (That Don't Have To Be Perfect)
Have you made New Year’s Resolutions this year? The point of vowing that you will eat no unhealthy food, run a marathon every day, and be generally perfect is questionable (and disappointing when you inevitably let things slide slightly.)
But there are certain resolutions that might actually give you a boost this year … it's not about doing it 'just right', it's about trying. To quote Pirates of the Caribbean: 'They're more like guidelines anyway!'
So here are some parenting goals for you to consider in 2018:
1. Allow yourself some me-time.
It’s incredibly important for your parenting skills, but more importantly your sanity. This includes time for yourself, and time with your partner.
2. Prioritise play time together
With you and your little one actively playing together. If you have a few kids, try to find some one-on-one time too.
3. Spend time outdoors
You don’t have to move to the wilderness, but going for a walk and spending time in nature can make a big difference. It's also a good way to increase your families physical activity.
4. Don’t judge other parents (or other people in general.)
We know how easy it is to make judgements and assumptions, but everyone has their own thing going on; and things may not be what they seem anyway.
5. Cut yourself some slack.
While you’re trying to be kind to other people, make sure you are kind to yourself. Parenting can be very stressful, and doing the best you can is more than enough: Try talking to yourself the way you’d talk to a friend, an stop being so critical.
6. Step away from technology
You don’t have to go cold turkey, but make sure you have some tech-free time to wind down at the end of the day, and to have real quality time with your family.
7. Appreciate the small stuff
Sometimes things don’t turn out quite how we plan, but time goes very quickly so it’s important not to get more wrapped up in the negatives than the positives. This counts for life, and for your children’s behaviour, so remember to reward the successes as well as working on the challenges.
8. Drink more water.
I hope it’s not just me who finds it too easy to drink coffee and surprisingly hard to remember water. Let’s give water a chance in 2018 … it’s good for our bodies, and our minds.
9. Make the most of your family
This year, don't just take care of them (at the expense of yourself): Take time to live in the moment, breathe, really enjoy your kids, relatives and any family time you have, and … just occasionally … print some of those photos you take!
10. Ask for help!
Even superwoman occasionally needs a hand with things, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are always people who are more than happy to offer support.
What are your resolutions this year (if you're making any)? We'd love to hear.