New Parent, New Year
I watched the New Year take its place as last year fizzled out, and I realized, I still needed to make list of resolutions. As a parent, and especially a new parent, deciding upon your New Year’s resolutions can be tricky. And following through on those resolutions can be even harder.
From my 25 years of experience as a daddy, I have compiled a list of the resolutions that have really made a difference for me and my family.
New Year’s Resolution 1: To Be Patient
I know as well as anyone, that being a parent of small children (and big kids too!) can often mean having a short fuse and saying “no!” to simple requests, just out of frustration. Making an effort to take a step back, be in the moment and look at a situation from our children’s perspective will go a long way in helping us all to be a little more patient. Our children (no matter what age) are exploring, learning and growing everyday, and that’s certainly no easy feat.
New Year’s Resolution 2: To Just Be
Life as a parent can get a little crazy – to say the least. I often feel I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to keep up with everything – including my sanity. This year, take a moment to just be; enjoy every second you get to spend with your child as these times are fleeting, and before you know it they’ll be gone. Children are spectacular, so cherish being a parent as often as possible.
New Year’s Resolution 3: To Take Time for Yourself
It can be difficult to take time out for yourself, as a parent, but it is one of the most important things you can do. Plan out a “date night” for you and your partner or a coffee meeting with a friend once a week or month – whatever you can squeeze in. Taking time for you will make all the difference in ensuring your child has a healthy, even-keeled parent[s] looking out for them.
New Year’s Resolution 4: Trust In Yourself
It’s easy to second-guess what you’re doing as a parent. Chances are, if you care enough to wonder or worry whether or not you’re doing it right – you’re probably doing a pretty good job. Every parent is different, so just focus on what is most important in your life, and try to hold onto that vision every single day.
New Year’s Resolution 5: Spend More Time Together as a Family
Family meals like breakfast and dinner seem the most traditional route for gathering and spending time together as a family. Game nights are also great, as you get smiles, laughter and lots of personalities. Going for a walk or a bike ride as a family is also a wonderful way to bond while staying healthy. There are lots of options available, so see what works best for your family and, as they say – just do it!
No matter what you resolve for the New Year, remember to simply be the best person you can be.
Happy New Year!