New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Parents – New Year, New Parent

We can all agree that supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child is no easy task.

The fact is, parenting can be the toughest job you’ll ever have.

…it can also be the most rewarding.

New Years Resolution Ideas for Parents

New Year, New Parent: New Year’s Resolutions

As we transition to a new year, take some time to reflect on 2018.

While you may be accustomed to examining your health and well being, set aside fitness and diet-related resolutions for the coming year. 

The New Year is also a great time to think about parenting practices and set parenting goals.  


Parenting Tips to Consider

Before you set New Year’s resolutions & goals, consider these parenting tips from our experts:

  • Don’t be too critical.

While you’ll likely recollect things you would like to have done differently, don’t dwell on your mistakes.

Remember, you’ve done a lot of great things too. For each thing you’d like to improve upon, list something that went well. That will help you build on what is working.

  • Set realistic, specific resolutions and write them down.

Rather than “I won’t get upset.” consider “I will take a deep breath when I become frustrated.”

  • Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back when you follow through on your goals.

Below are other New Years Eve resolutions for parents.

Whatever your family’s needs are, be sure to reflect during the end of this season on all you did right & the areas you can improve.

…you can never spend too much family time together!


New Year’s Resolution Ideas:

Talk, Read & Play Every Day

This is probably our favorite New Year’s resolution.

Children are born ready to learn, but they need practice.

The best thing you can do to put your child on a path to success is to provide a stimulating environment with lots of different activities that offer a variety of ways to learn.

You are your child’s first teacher.

Make time to provide them with enriching experiences by talking, reading and playing with them every day. Learn more about encouraging literacy & language development in your children with these tips from parenting experts at The Family Conservancy. 


Remain Calm, Cool, & Collected

New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick by, but this one is worth it.

It can be easier to yell or snap when your children spill an entire bag of flour on the carpet (I should know). But, take a breath.

It will be a funny story weeks later.

Your kids learn behavior from you, so teach them how to manage tough situations well. Deep breathing in a quiet setting for 5 minutes can actually do wonders…


Establish Screen Time Boundaries

Today’s children are growing up surrounded by immersive, entertaining technology that is everywhere.

While technology is the present, and likely the future, the skills young children gain from frequent interaction with devices are far inferior to the brain-building interactions like talking, reading and playing they may replace.

Even educational websites and app that teach numbers and letters, don’t compare.

It’s important for parents to establish and enforce screen time rules. Screen time limits for kids can be hard to gauge, but we’ve got you covered!

The average 2-4 year old spends nearly 3 hours in front of a screen, but the recommended amount is about an hour – maybe more depending on the age of the child.


Create a Family Emergency Plan

This is a unique New Year’s goal.

“It will never happen to us” – You’ve probably thought it, and hopefully it’s true.

The reality is, disasters are unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any time. Creating an emergency plan can help your family stay safe and reconnect if a crisis occurs. 

Although an emergency preparedness plan may not seem like an important goal for the new year, this could save your family’s life.


Most Importantly…

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Ask your parent friends for New Year’s resolution ideas. What are they working on in their own lives?

Work together with others to become better.

No matter how much you love your child and enjoy being a parent, there may come a time when you feel overwhelmed.

Don’t be afraid to share your feelings with friends and family, or share your thoughts in the Kansas City Parents Community Group

or access community resources like Parents as Teachers, Head Start, and counseling services.

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC. 


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