Parenting Goals for the New Year

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While new moms and dads are planning to be incredibly productive in the new year, those parents who have been around the block a few times with two or more kids know that the secret to success is accomplishing basic goals. With that said, here are a few things that the average mom or dad can set out to do well in 2016.

Goal #1: Sleep more
The aim here is not to place more stringent rules on bedtime but rather to go along with the flow and get increments of sleep where you can. Consider getting in a nap while the kids are at school. Take full advantage of the neighbors’ opting to have a sleepover by becoming one with your bed. At least six hours of sleep can be obtained if you try.

Goal #2: Set up a cleaning schedule
It seems that the dishes never return to the cabinets and the floor is constantly tread on by someone or something (the dog is a member of the family too). Instead of taking on all of the cleaning responsibilities, assign chores to the kids. They won’t be so quick to dirty up five cups when they have kitchen duties, and they’ll think twice about tracking mud in the house once they’ve had to go over the floor with a mop.

Goal #3: Establish boundaries
Mom’s restroom is off limits, and the laundry room is not a play room. These are rules that you should put in writing and post in various places throughout the house.

Goal #4: Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Parents try to be superhuman without realizing that no one person cannot do it all. This year, make a promise to yourself to remember that it takes a village to raise a child and accepting help from loved ones is not a sign of weakness.

Goal #5: Stop complaining … at least for a day

The stress of parenting sometimes brings out the baby in moms and dads to the point of making them mumble and grumble. Instead of complaining about everything that is going wrong in a day, choose to celebrate the successes. Did your daughter put her shoes on the right foot? Success. Did your son remember to put the toilet seat down after using the restroom? Even better. Your attitude determines your altitude so choose to fly high today by being positive.

Photo: Mindfulness Based Achievement

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