As parents we are all learning. We are growing, changing and rolling with the punches. Some days are better than others and there are days when all we really want is a “do over”. None of us are perfect parents, nor will we ever be, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t aspire to become the best possible parents that we can be. 2013 was a great year for me as a parent. I started to fall into my role as a mother a bit more and became a bit more comfortable, but there were definitely still things I would like to work on in 2014, so I decided to make a little list of parenting resolutions…more like goals. Things I want to work on in the new year.
My Parenting Resolutions for 2014
Simple goals I’m setting for myself as a parent in 2014.
1. Laugh more
Laughing is the perfect diffuser for a great many situations. Instead of sweating the small stuff in 2014, I plan to laugh more. Even if my daughter spills a five gallon bucket of flour – sometimes there’s nothing you can do that will be quite so helpful as having a good belly laugh.
2. Worry less
I am a worrier by nature. I’m always worrying about what tomorrow will bring, or this, that, or the other. This year, I want to put aside my worries, so that I can be more present as a parent. Tomorrow will bring its own worries.
3. Put myself in her shoes
Sometimes I find myself losing my patience over things my daughter does and I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has experienced this. In the coming year though, I hope to take a step back and put myself in her shoes more often. Why is she acting this way? What’s the deeper issue? And also reminding myself that she is little and still learning.
4. Get creative with meals
I have to admit, in the past few months I’ve become terribly unmotivated when it comes to planning meals for my daughter. Between the pregnancy exhaustion and her picky eating habits, there’s been a lot of the same stuff on repeat. I want to try out new recipes this year and find creative new ways to introduce foods.
As a blogger, it can be difficult to just unplug sometimes. There are days when I find myself taking a million photos of activities to post to Facebook or Instagram and I’m not actually engaging in the activities that are happening. I want to unplug more in 2014 and set aside entire media free days where I can just focus on my girl.
I’m ashamed to admit, but I’m pretty terrible at actually getting down and playing with my daughter. If it’s a specific activity, like painting, I’m good, but just sitting down and letting her imagination take the lead isn’t my strong suit. I want to get down and play more often this year.
7. Go outside
We live in Oregon where the weather is pretty gloomy for a good chunk of the year and as such I find myself staying indoors with my daughter more often than I’d like. In the coming year I’d like to make a real effort to bundle up and get outdoors. There are a ton of great learning experiences to be had outside and I don’t want her to miss them!
Do you have any parenting resolutions for 2014 that you’d care to share?