Parenting Resolutions for 2014: Quality Time & Being “In the Moment”
On the last day of the year, the Family Room blog team is reflecting on the great parenting moments from 2013 that made us so happy and proud, and also looking ahead to 2014. I asked our bloggers to think specifically about their role as parents and comment on the things they see as “resolutions” in the coming year.
A common theme among the team is a hope to spend more time being “in the moment” with their families – finding ways to enjoy more quality time with their children with less distraction. Can you relate to this challenge? How will you find ways to be more present with your kids in 2014?
See all of the team’s thoughts on parenting resolutions for 2014 below – and be sure to share your own.
Parenting Resolutions for 2014
Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom: Per this post on “The Bully Too Close to Home”, my resolution is to recite as many times a day as needed “Only Kindness Today”. I’ve been feeling too “snappy” with my kids and need to keep this in mind more.
Kate, Rookie Mom: I’m really trying to focus on being present with Liam (and for life in general) and put my [insert electronic distraction] away when real life is happening. Also, I’ve been learning recently that a little more flexibility can go a long way.
Amy, Nourish Mom: Like Progressive Mom, I also recently read “The Bully Too Close to Home” and found myself nodding in parts of the mom’s story. When referring to her daily schedules, the writer says, “I was so focused on my ‘agenda’ that I lost sight of what really mattered.” My resolution this year is to work on being flexible with my schedule and, when appropriate, letting my children just be children.
Jessie: I want to vow to take more videos of the family and make more crafts for grandparents (both families live far away of us and are overjoyed with anything grandchild-related) ,which can be as simple as handprints in paint.
Ruth: I’m going to spend more one on one time with each of my granddaughters. I love that time when we can do exactly what’s perfect for that one child. The older girls help decide what we are going to do. It’s almost as fun planning the day as doing the day.
Lisa: To stay in the moment as much as possible. I want to make the moments I have with my daughter special – even if we are sitting on the couch watching TV! Instead of picking up the iPad while I sit next to her, I want to remember to instead pick HER up and put her in my lap for a snuggle while Jake and the Neverland Pirates is on.
All of us at the Family Room blog wish you and your family a happy, healthy, joyous 2014. We hope you’ll continue to join us as we share our stories about parenting, work, life, and everything in-between in the coming year.