What’s Your Parenting New Year’s Resolution?

by Melissa on January 1, 2010

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2010Happy New Year!

Today is the day that millions of people around the world make a New Year’s Resolution. Losing weight, eating healthier, and working out more regularly are some of the more popular resolutions. I wanted to find out what parenting-related New Year’s Resolutions the AP community is going to make this year.

The following are a few of the responses that I received from API staff, the blogging team, and a few regular readers of API Speaks.

Jennifer
This year I am resolving to try to admit when I am wrong, including to my
kids.  I am also resolving to make more of an effort to include my kids in
 the housework, even when it would be faster and easier and more efficient
to just do it myself.

Kate
My resolution is to attend La Leche League meetings as I strive to breastfeed my daughter (currently 6 months old) for at least 2 years, as well as help to promote the goodness of breastfeeding in my community!

Katie
This year, I plan to make at least 2 meals each WITH my kids, teaching them kitchen safety and food prep.

Monica
I’m holding the intention to manifest a few things in 2010 for the benefit of my daughters, ages 3 and 1. One, I’m going to incorporate more self-care into my life so that I’m not running on empty most days and better able to be fully present and nurturing in our daily interactions. I’ll call it the “Happy Mama Trickle-Down Effect”:  Regular exercise.  More sleep which will mean going to bed before midnight. Dedication to eating greens every day. Development of sugar alternatives for desserts. My diet is essentially my girls’ so they will have direct benefit there. And, I have a strong hunch that sleep and exercise will influence, if not fully enable, my second intention for parenting in 2010:  more consistent patience with my 3 year-old.

Sonya
I will engage in more self care this year so that I can have more energy, stronger health, and be a more patient and present parent.

If you’re the resolution-making type, what is your parenting-related New Year’s Resolution?

Photo: ba1969

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Melissa (55 Posts)

Melissa has been involved with Attachment Parenting International since 2004. She is the mother of two children and blogs at Raising Them Green.


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Johanna S January 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

I agree wholeheartedly with Sonya. She explained my resolution perfectly!

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Courtney January 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

my resolution is to stop and think about all factors that are playing into my kids behavior, and then address those factors instead of negative behavior. Also to address the factors contributing to my moods and to yell less.

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Patricia January 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

My 2010 Resolution is to be kinder to myself. I often find myself stressing that I haven’t been a good enough mom, I haven’t provided enough educational activities today, or given my 1 year old enough undivided attention. I resolve to give myself the benefit of the doubt and know that I am doing the best that I can every day, and I always have tomorrow.

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Jasmine Carlson January 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I resolve to have more fun. We are making big decisions the first chunk of this year and are always a very busy family and community. I want to keep up with my responsibilities but I want to find time for more fun and want to make my responsibilities more fun. I would also like to get my son potty trained!

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Louisa January 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I am resolving to share AP with more people, especially people I meet who are about to become parents for the first time. I recently did some thinking about how to describe our parenting style in just a few sentences. I’m interested in other people’s thoughts, too!
http://www.naturalkidsblog.com/2009/12/whats-your-best-parenting-advice.html

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