As you may already know, the whole being behind Hands On As We Grow was a New Year’s resolution I made for 2011. I wanted to be doing activities with my kids and being a more hands-on mom.
From there, the blog was born, which is a happy side effect. But the resolution itself had different purposes. I wanted it to:
- Help me enjoy this time while my kids are home with me
- Spend quality time with my kids to get to know my kids
- Make memories that my kids will cherish
- Create a bond with each of my kids
Find out more on why do I do these activities with my kids.
Since that year, I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions that I’ve stuck with the whole year. Honestly, I think it might be the only year I’ve ever successfully kept a resolution.
My kids and family mean the most to me. And my goal is still the same as it was in 2011, to be a better parent.
I want to create a New Year’s resolution that will help me be a better parent and enjoy this small amount of time I have with my kids. To change my daily behaviors to achieve that.
I have brainstormed ten ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will help me become a better parent. I haven’t quite decided which one I want to take full on, but I know I need to work on them all in some degree.
5 Parenting Resolutions to Help Make the Most of this Time with Our Kids
I encourage you to jot down five areas that you know you could do better on when it comes to your kids. These fit my life, with my parenting style, right now. They may not fit yours exactly, you may already have these down pat and I applaud that, because I obviously am struggling with some of these areas.
Do hands-on activities with the kids. When I made this resolution, my goal was to do four new-to-us crafts or activities each week. I would love to get back to that quantity.
Stop yelling. There’s so much information out there to help with this. Bounceback Parenting has a lot of articles to help. I think I’ll start with the 30 days of no yelling challenge from The Orange Rhino and go from there.
Read to each of my kids for 15 minutes every day. I really need to get better at doing more of this.
Spend 10-15 minutes of one on one time with each kid every day. I made this resolution last year and did it a whole lot more throughout the year, but didn’t successfully do it every day.
Make each of my kids belly laugh every single day. This has always been important to me, but I want to make sure to do it for all three of my boys, every day.
We definitely will be starting the year off with memory making! You can have the kids fill out this ‘About Me’ printable, or interview them and record it on a video!