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New Year's Resolutions for Parents

1 January
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Michael Grose

Have you made your usual New Year resolutions? You know the resolutions where you turn over a new leaf to get fit, steer away from junk food and start a savings plan. While you are reflecting on past bad habits and setting new directions for your personal life consider taking stock of your parenting as well.

As you ponder the next twelve months of parenthood here are 25 Parenting activities, thoughts and ideas to consider.  Be realistic and choose one or two to add to your list of New Year's resolutions. Here goes:

1. Do more things with kids than for them.

2. If you want happy, resilient kids you go first.

3. Raise your small family with a big family mindset.

4. Make the most of the Opportunity years (before teens).

5. Relationships give you leverage.

6. Expect kids to behave well.

7. Catch kids being resilient and persistent.

8. Attend to your kids’ mental health.

9. Don’t be a family that’s always on the go.

10. Make sure kids help at home without being paid.

11. Build scaffolds to independence.

12. Reward responsibility with greater freedom.

13. Build self-knowledge in kids.

14. Move kids down the road from ‘me’ to ‘we’.

15. Teach your kids to do what’s right, not what’s easy.

16. Strengthen your family by create a strong food culture.

17. There’s nothing so bad that we can’t talk it.

18. Parent from the same script, even if you’re not together.

19. The transition of a child is a transition of a parent.

20. Don’t let kids drop out of the family.

21. We don’t parent well in isolation so connect with others.

22. Every child needs someone in their life who says you can do this.

23. Make the most of teachable moments.

24. Avoid your first impulse when kids misbehave.

25. Build a strong family brand.

Learn about these concepts and more in one of my Thriving! Parenting packs. Find out more here.
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