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Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

December 29, 2023

New Year, New You…New Parent? Ditch the Guilt, Embrace These New Year’s Resolutions!

For most parents, “New Year’s resolutions” often translate to “get more sleep” or “finally declutter the playroom.” While those aspirations are valiant, let’s face it, parenthood rarely allows for such straightforward goals. This year, ditch the guilt and embrace resolutions that celebrate the joys and challenges of raising tiny humans, while prioritising your own well-being.

1. Prioritise Play, Not Perfection:

Let’s be honest, Instagram-perfect playdates and elaborate craft projects are not the daily reality of parenthood. This year, resolve to embrace messy, spontaneous fun over meticulously planned activities. Build a pillow fort, splash in puddles, or have a dance party in the living room. Reconnect with your inner child and rediscover the pure joy of unstructured play.

2. Embrace Imperfection (Yours and Theirs):

Spilled milk at dinner? Temper tantrum in the supermarket? Remember, you’re not aiming for “parent of the year,” you’re simply doing your best. Resolve to let go of the idea of a perfect parent and a perfect child. Embrace the inevitable spills, the meltdowns, and the occasional mishaps. They’re just reminders that you’re raising unique, spirited individuals.

3. Delegate and Don’t Hesitate:

You are not an octopus, you are a magnificent parent with amazing support systems. This year, resolve to delegate more. Ask your partner for help, involve older siblings, or seek support from friends and family. Remember, asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength and self-awareness.

4. Recharge Your Parental Battery:

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Resolve to prioritise your own well-being. Take that solo bubble bath, grab a coffee with a friend, or dive into a good book. Schedule “me-time” and stick to it, even if it’s just 15 minutes a day. A replenished you is a better parent, so don’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself.

5. Celebrate the Small Victories:

Burnt toast turned into edible charcoal? Your toddler finally said, “Please.”? These may seem like minor feats, but in the world of parenthood, they’re cause for celebration. This year, resolve to acknowledge and celebrate the small wins, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

6. Connect with Other Parents:

The journey of parenthood can feel isolating at times. Resolve to find your tribe, even if it’s just online. Join a parent group, participate in a playdate, or strike up a conversation with the friendly face at the park. Sharing experiences and laughter with other parents can be a life-saver.

7. Make Gratitude Your Mantra:

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget about the little things. This year, resolve to practise gratitude. Every day, find one thing, however small, that you’re grateful for about your child or your parenting journey. A simple “thank you” for a hug, a messy masterpiece, or even a good night’s sleep can shift your perspective and bring joy.

Remember, these New Year’s resolutions are not about “fixing” yourself or your family. They’re about acknowledging the unique challenges and joys of parenthood and finding ways to thrive within that reality. So, this New Year, 2024, let’s ditch the guilt, embrace the messy, and celebrate the magic of raising little humans. Happy New Year, fellow parents! May it be filled with laughter, love, and plenty of unscheduled kitchen disco parties.

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