Parenting Resolutions for 2017: Simplify and Be More Present
Happy 2017! We hope that you had a fun New Year’s Eve and your 2017 is off to a great start! The beginning of a new year provides the perfect opportunity to begin anew and to prioritize the things that matter to us the most. As we kick off 2017, I asked our mom bloggers to answer this question: if you were to make a parenting resolution for the New Year what would it be?
Their answers had a common theme: to be more present with their families. Can you relate? Below are all of our team’s parenting resolutions for 2017 – be sure to share your own!
Parenting Resolutions for the New Year
Laura: “My 2017 parenting resolution is to heed my toddler’s advice. Just the other day, I was trying to get some work done on my laptop, and to my surprise, she started to close my laptop and said, “Mama, all done.” I am fortunate to have a good work/life balance, but it was clear in that moment that when it’s family time, I need to make sure I stay focused on my family rather than trying to multi-task.”
Emily: “I want to be more present for my kids in 2017. I spend lots of time with them, but I don’t feel like I spend enough time really giving them 100% of my attention because life has just been so crazy in 2016. I know that it our pace won’t be slowing down in 2017, so my goal is to make the time I am with them count more (for both of us). I also want to commit to getting back into the habit of reading every day with them. Life can be so busy, but we all enjoy it and it is a great way to see how they observe and interact with ideas.”
Aili: “I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of picking a “word” of the year. In the past my husband and I have selected words like, grateful and delegate. For 2017 our family has decided to embrace the word simplify. Focusing on the approach, “less is more” when it comes to those things in life that become clutter, like clothes, toys, etc. but also for those things that are simply a time-suck, like meal planning, grocery shopping and the like. Being purposeful and choosing to simplify when we can to gain family time in the long run to me is the best New Year’s resolution.”
Amy: “To be 100% present with my baby when I’m with him. So often there is a computer screen or phone nearby that catches my eye and I think to myself “I’ll just check one thing…” and then 20 minutes have passed. I want to be there, soaking up every minute of this little baby’s life whenever I can. It’s hard, particularly in this day and age, but I think cell phone time will be drastically cut in my household in 2017.”
All of us at The Family Room blog wish you and your family a happy, healthy, joyous 2017. 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.