Parenting Resolutions for the New Year

January 2008

It’s hard to believe that another New Year has finally arrived. There is something magical about starting a new year. Something inside each of us beckons us to look for the new day, forget the mistakes and just simply start over. Where do we begin? There’s no better place to start than with our families.

A happy family life is the the number one desire all mothers and fathers ultimately want to achieve. Many parents have given up on this dream, feeling as though it were simply that – a dream. The truth is, anyone can have a happy family. It just takes time, follow-through and a lot of hard work.

Instead of constant dread you normally have at 5:00 as you make your way home during rush hour traffic, what if you were anxiously anticipating every minute to make it back to your home base. What if your favorite place to be was home? Even if it already is, there are many things you could do this year to make your family life that much better.

Here are a couple ideas you could use as your resolution this year:

  • Resolve to eat at least one meal a day as a family. Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to: smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know which fork to use.
  • Resolve to think more positively. As children grow and develop, they go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing themselves to others, and they often see themselves as coming up short. Parents can offset this natural tendency in their children by giving them the skills to think more positively. This is, of course, easier to do if you practice positive thinking yourself.
  • Resolve to do whatever it takes to make a happy family life for you and your family. Sometimes today’s society makes you feel like if you are unhappy with your current circumstances you are out of luck, but that is not true. Resolve to take a stand for your own happiness. If that means making sacrifices, working a little harder, or simply letting go of someone or something resolve to do it!

Someone once said, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home”. So, whatever resolutions you make this year, make sure at least one of them involves your family. You have the right to a happy family life, and you can make it happen. If you would like to know more about how to achieve a happy family life contact Parent Help today at 1-844-622-6705. We can give you the answers you need to make your new years resolutions a reality.

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