7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

A new year has officially begun, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the joys, patterns, and even ruts we experienced over the last year. As parents, you have a lot on your plate. So, it can feel overwhelming to even think about adding anything new to your daily routine. But resolutions don’t have to be grand, sweeping declarations that change all aspects of your life. New intentions can be quiet, simple goals to strive for. Here are seven small but attainable New Year’s resolutions for parents to consider taking into 2022. 

1. Unplug More

After two years of being online the most we’ve ever been, it can be hard to draw the line in the sand between tuned in and unplugged. It’s easy to keep scrolling through the feeds of all your favorite Instagram Moms when your kids are busy playing dress-up, or to check your notifications as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and have a moment to yourself. But all that screen time isn’t necessarily a good thing. Make a conscious effort to detach yourself from your devices and spend more quality time with your family without the presence of electronics. Replace the endless scroll with an extra story at bedtime or start a new tradition of a weekly family game night. You’ll feel better – and so will your phone battery. Save it for capturing (and showing off to anyone who crosses your path) all the adorable photos of your precious ones.

2. Stop Comparing

Ah, social media. An amazing way to connect with other parents about your shared experiences. But proceed with caution. Instagram is a highlight reel, and most of us use it to post the triumphs and beautiful moments of their parenting journey. What you don’t see are the grocery store tantrums, the milk-stained sweatpants, the three-days-in-a-row of pure exhaustion. Seek out parents who share it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. But beyond that, don’t compare yourself to what you see online or even your friends’ parenting journeys. Remember, even picture-perfect families have their days. We’re all on our own paths, and we’re all in this together.

3. Reset Your Work-Life Balance

A lot of us were still working remotely throughout 2021 (and will continue to heading into 2022), but working from home (especially with little kids!) can make it difficult to create a firm boundary between work life and home life. In 2022, we’re all about distinguishing  between work and play. Whether that means closing your laptop once the clock hits 5 or turning off email notifications after hours, re-establish your work-life balance and embrace family time once the work day is done. After all, tomorrow is another day.

4. Make Family Time Matter

Plan activities that will engage every member of your family: cater to your little one’s interests (even if they loved coloring last week and want no part of their coloring books this week), teach your kids something you’ve been meaning to share, or schedule regular movie nights together. You never know which family moments will become core memories for your little one as they grow older. 

5. Prioritize Sleep

Getting the proper amount of sleep each night helps everyone (including you!) start their day in the right direction. Give your littlest ones a cozy place to sleep, whether it’s a crib in the nursery or a bassinet with an extra-soft mattress in the corner of your bedroom. And, create the perfect bedtime routine that lulls everyone off to dreamland at bedtime. You’ll thank us later.

6. Live Sustainably

By now, we all know how important it is to do our part to protect the environment. Raising a little one and living an eco-friendly lifestyle might feel like incompatible goals (you know how many diapers babies use up), but with the right choices, you can help to create a better future to carry your little ones into. Start small by making a few sustainable swaps to your parenting routine and show Mother Earth a little extra love this year. 

7. Inhale and Exhale

Above everything, and when all else fails, just breathe. The world keeps throwing impossible situations at us, and so far, we’ve made it through them all. When it all feels overwhelming,  take a deep breath and remember you (and your kiddos) are doing your best. 

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

A new year has officially begun, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the joys, patterns, and even ruts we experienced over the last year. As parents, you have a lot on your plate. So, it can feel overwhelming to even think about adding anything new to your daily routine. But resolutions don’t have to be grand, sweeping declarations that change all aspects of your life. New intentions can be quiet, simple goals to strive for. Here are seven small but attainable New Year’s resolutions for parents to consider taking into 2022. 

1. Unplug More

After two years of being online the most we’ve ever been, it can be hard to draw the line in the sand between tuned in and unplugged. It’s easy to keep scrolling through the feeds of all your favorite Instagram Moms when your kids are busy playing dress-up, or to check your notifications as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and have a moment to yourself. But all that screen time isn’t necessarily a good thing. Make a conscious effort to detach yourself from your devices and spend more quality time with your family without the presence of electronics. Replace the endless scroll with an extra story at bedtime or start a new tradition of a weekly family game night. You’ll feel better – and so will your phone battery. Save it for capturing (and showing off to anyone who crosses your path) all the adorable photos of your precious ones.

2. Stop Comparing

Ah, social media. An amazing way to connect with other parents about your shared experiences. But proceed with caution. Instagram is a highlight reel, and most of us use it to post the triumphs and beautiful moments of their parenting journey. What you don’t see are the grocery store tantrums, the milk-stained sweatpants, the three-days-in-a-row of pure exhaustion. Seek out parents who share it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. But beyond that, don’t compare yourself to what you see online or even your friends’ parenting journeys. Remember, even picture-perfect families have their days. We’re all on our own paths, and we’re all in this together.

3. Reset Your Work-Life Balance

A lot of us were still working remotely throughout 2021 (and will continue to heading into 2022), but working from home (especially with little kids!) can make it difficult to create a firm boundary between work life and home life. In 2022, we’re all about distinguishing  between work and play. Whether that means closing your laptop once the clock hits 5 or turning off email notifications after hours, re-establish your work-life balance and embrace family time once the work day is done. After all, tomorrow is another day.

4. Make Family Time Matter

Plan activities that will engage every member of your family: cater to your little one’s interests (even if they loved coloring last week and want no part of their coloring books this week), teach your kids something you’ve been meaning to share, or schedule regular movie nights together. You never know which family moments will become core memories for your little one as they grow older. 

5. Prioritize Sleep

Getting the proper amount of sleep each night helps everyone (including you!) start their day in the right direction. Give your littlest ones a cozy place to sleep, whether it’s a crib in the nursery or a bassinet with an extra-soft mattress in the corner of your bedroom. And, create the perfect bedtime routine that lulls everyone off to dreamland at bedtime. You’ll thank us later.

6. Live Sustainably

By now, we all know how important it is to do our part to protect the environment. Raising a little one and living an eco-friendly lifestyle might feel like incompatible goals (you know how many diapers babies use up), but with the right choices, you can help to create a better future to carry your little ones into. Start small by making a few sustainable swaps to your parenting routine and show Mother Earth a little extra love this year. 

7. Inhale and Exhale

Above everything, and when all else fails, just breathe. The world keeps throwing impossible situations at us, and so far, we’ve made it through them all. When it all feels overwhelming,  take a deep breath and remember you (and your kiddos) are doing your best. 

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

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