New Year’s Resolutions for Parents
The Children’s Trust knows that being a parent is often a stressful job. Here are ten New Year resolutions to help parents lead, guide and teach their children. These directives are founded on research and shared with parents year-round at Children's Trust funded programs, workshops, and family centers. For more information, visit childrenstrustma.org.
Resolve to make your family stronger
Spend more time with your children. Research shows that children who feel connected to their parents develop better self-esteem and experience less emotional distress.
Show affection. By showing your children they are loved, you are telling them they are an important part of your life.
Keep your promises. Promise only what you know you can deliver. Let it be something meaningful to your child, like spending time together. Follow through on your promises.
Be someone your child can look up to. You teach your child through your actions. Gather your emotions and show your children it is always important to act in a respectful manner when interacting with others, no matter how difficult the situation.
Become a better listener. Take time to listen to your children’s ideas and problems. Often, parents can do too much talking and not enough listening, particularly when children have done something wrong. Allow your children the chance to explain their understanding of a situation. And then listen.
Discipline with love. Children need guidance and discipline, not as punishment but to set reasonable limits. Remind your children of the consequences of their actions and provide meaningful rewards for good behavior.
Be a good role model. By teaching your children right and wrong and encouraging them to do their best, you help them make good choices.
Get involved in your child's school life. Attend parent/teacher meetings. Help with homework. Check for school notices and information. Ask your children how school is going. Know the names and personalities of your children’s teachers and friends.
Connect with other parents. Create a network of parents who you can talk to and share the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Parents naturally have a common bond from shared experiences. Keep your sense of humor and be open to new ideas.
Take the best possible care of your children. Watch what your children eat, keep them active, and make sure they get enough sleep. The same goes for parents! It is easier to tackle the stresses of being a parent when you feel healthy.