The 10 Best New Year Resolutions for Good Parenting

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and think about what you want to accomplish over the coming months. Especially for parents, it’s a good time to reflect on the successes and failures of parenting and establish new goals for better parenting.


The following 10 New Year resolutions will get you started on the way of becoming a good parent for your children.

    1. Avoid the word “don’t.” Think about ways to phrase requests that avoid the word “don’t.” For example, you can say, “Please be nice to your sister,” instead of “Don’t talk to her that way.”

    2. Read more. The best way to encourage your kids to read more is to be a good role model.

    3. Make dinner together. Kids are less likely to be picky eaters when they contribute to the meal. Give them cooking tasks that are appropriate for their skill levels.

    4. Exercise together. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore when you find physical activities that you all enjoy such as bike rides and silly relay races.

    5. Be more patient. When you feel the urge to snap and make a ridiculous or mean threat, take a deep breath before speaking.

    6. Don’t let the world overwhelm you.Focus less on larger issues in the world that are out of your control and more on the things in your own life that you can control.

    7. Maintain a healthy work/life balance. Working hard for your family is great but only when you make time for your family as well.

    8. Make alone time a priority. Having a spouse or parent watch your kids while you grocery shop or get a pedicure helps you come back to your kids refreshed and recharged.

    9. Make your relationship a priority. Maintaining a healthy, loving marriage keeps the entire family running more smoothly.

    10. Connect in real life. Get away from the computer and TV and get out with family to meet up with friends, participate in community events, and enjoy nature.

    This is not an exhaustive list and you can use all or some of these New Year’s resolutions as well as add some more that align perfectly with your situation. At the end of the day, the common aim is to become a good parent. Keep on improving your efforts in the New Year and be a perfect model for your children.

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    Pacific PreSchool & Kindergarten is one-of-a-kind preschool and child care center in San Marcos, California. Their goal is to provide an early childhood education program to little children so that it satisfies their physical, socio-emotional and child development needs in a progressive way. Lynda Way, the owner of Pacific PreSchool & Kindergarten, makes use of her 40 years of professional knowledge in childhood development and truly loves what she does.

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