What’s Your Parenting New Year’s Resolution?

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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?

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Author: API Blog

APtly Said, Formerly API Speaks launched in April of 2008 as part of Attachment Parenting International's larger effort to offer interactive content through their newly-redesigned web site: http://www.attachmentparenting.org. All contributors to APtly Said, as with so many of API's staff, are volunteers who donate their time and energy to promote Attachment Parenting world wide.

6 thoughts on “What’s Your Parenting New Year’s Resolution?”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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