New Year’s Resolutions For Moms
The new year offers a fresh start and a new beginning. This is where you can officially layout your resolutions and have one set day to start it all. Before children, your resolutions would probably include reading more books, exercising often, and cutting back on unhealthy foods, all centered around yourself and your lifestyle.
However, as every mom knows, life takes a new direction when a baby is introduced, and your resolutions take a sharp turn as well.
Being a mom does not mean you have to give up on making new year’s resolutions. Being a mom should give you more motivation to stick to your resolutions, and become more well-rounded as a parent, striving to learn what you can change for the better.
To get you started, here are some wonderful resolutions for any parent to make for the new year:
Be More Present
It is so easy to get sucked into how fast the world moves, especially in today’s digital age. With everything happening so fast, being distracted can become second nature, and spending too much time on your smartphone or laptop becomes a bad habit. This takes away from quality time with your children.
A good resolution for the whole family can be to put any screens away for 30 minutes a day, and spend time together as a family, maybe reading a book, playing outside, or just catching up on each other’s day.
Make Family Meals Important
Life is busy, and some days the last thing on your mind is a hearty meal shared over the dinner table. Takeaway pizza and ready-cooked nuggets on the go are perfectly fine for dinner some nights, but try and share a family meal a couple of nights a week. Having the family sit together over a meal is a great way to reconnect, and feel more in touch with each other.
You don’t even have to cook these meals. Order out, set down a blanket on the living room floor, and have an indoor picnic. It does not matter, as long as it is together.
Use Loving Words
As much as you love your kids, they can drive you up the wall at times. These moments often get the best of us, and snapping at them just happens. As a parent, it is your responsibility to build your child up with kind words, so make a new year's resolution to be kind and not harsh. Take a deep breath in the middle of a stressful situation, and think about how your words might affect your children.
Taking the time to be kind will not only help to calm the situation, but it also helps to inject kindness into your little one's life every day.
Give Yourself A Break
Comparing yourself to other moms is so natural, but it often leads to us being harder on ourselves, even when we are doing our best. For the new year remind yourself that you and your family are unique, you are doing the best that you can, and you know what is best for your family. Don’t let a happy vacation picture of another family on social media get you down, you never know what goes on behind the scenes.
Set a mantra for yourself daily if you must, just affirming yourself that you are enough and that you will try your best every day, after all, that’s all your kids ask of you.
New Year’s Resolutions To Stick To
Do not try and set yourself unattainable new year’s resolutions. Instead, choose small changes that, in the long run, will have a positive effect on not only you, but your family life as a whole.
And remember, if you want to throw in a resolution that is yours and only yours, do it!