NEW YEAR PARENT RESOLUTIONSImprove Your Routines
Take a look at your morning, after-school, and bedtime routines. Are your kids not dressed on time, refusing to brush their teeth, or forgetting their homework?
It might make sense to work together as a family to implement some improved methods.
Come up with new routines as a family unit. Then post the routines in strategic places so your kids won’t forget, and you won’t have to remind them.
Get Everyone To Pitch In
Resolve that this year is the last year you shoulder the burden of housework alone! Each of your kids should be required to shoulder some age-appropriate, meaningful chores that contribute to the family’s daily life. Hold a family meeting to make a list of all the jobs that must be done weekly and decide how to divide the workload. Not only do you get some help, your kids learn valuable lessons about teamwork and accountability.
Some of the most difficult moments of parenting are the transitions. The times we are trying to get kids to put their shoes and socks on to get out the door.
Some of this can’t be avoided, but there are times we create rushed transitions by over-scheduling ourselves. It may make sense to resolve to schedule fewer after-school activities and social engagements this year.
Dropping tasks from your to-do list each day can make family life more calm and enjoyable all around.