While weight loss, paying off debt, saving money, and quitting bad habits may top the chart of popular New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget about the possibilities that pertain to the realm of parenting as you think up your own list of resolutions. For example, maybe it’s the year to finally read those parenting books that have been gathering dust on the bookshelf. Maybe it’s time to make a plan to organize the toy room once and for all. Or perhaps it’s time to put an official start date on consistent parenting–including consistent positive encouragement and discipline.
Whatever resolutions you choose, make them realistic. Realistic resolutions carry the greatest chance of success. The far majority of resolutions fail (somewhere around 35 percent are abandoned by the end of January), so it’s important to dream up achievable resolutions. So, instead of resolving to “never yell again at my children,” resolve to work on communicating more effectively, learning to become more patient with your children, or taking a time out of your own when you’re tired.
Here are five additional tips for keeping your resolutions:
1. Don’t expect miracles. Change takes time. Be patient.
2. If you get off track, don’t give up. If you happen to be one of the people who wake up at the end of January and realize that you’ve already abandoned your resolution, jump back on the resolution bandwagon.
3. Break your resolution into manageable, smaller goals.
4. Find others who share the same resolution, such as an exercise partner or support group. Enlist your family for support.
5. Strategize. Map out your resolution and plan accordingly to achieve your goal. Don’t forget to reward yourself along the way!
Good luck with your resolutions!