21 Parenting Resolutions For The New Year

Because resolving to be a better parent beats resolving to eat more kale.

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1. Resolve to: Model a better digital life.

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Showing your kids you can survive without constantly being on your phone, tablet, or computer will help them to be less dependent on technology.

3. Introduce your kids to new foods.

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Start slowly by adding something new to one meal a week, then introduce more variety once your kids get the hang of it. Ethnic fruits and vegetables you already love are a great place to start.

7. Read more with your kids.

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Start a "Book Club" where you agree to read any book of your kid's choosing. This will lead to lots of great conversations, and improve reading comprehension.

13. Catch your kids being good.

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Make it a priority to let your kids know when you see them doing something good, and not just when you see them doing something bad.

14. Judge other parents less.

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It's all too easy to judge some parents, but constantly doing so only breeds negativity and takes your attention away from where it should be — on your kid.

15. Have more one-on-one time.

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Kids thrive when they have one parent all to themselves. Try picking a reoccurring activity — like an art class — and make hanging with just your kid a regular thing.

17. Play with your kids more.

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Getting on the floor and acting silly might not be how you want to spend the afternoon, but it’s how your kids want to interact with you as opposed to how you want to interact with them.

19. Have a surprise of the month.

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It doesn't have to be as elaborate as a trip to Disneyland, but planning one fun surprise for the family each month builds togetherness and wonderful memories.

21. Always be grateful.

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Never losing sight of how lucky you are to have your kids — even when they're spilling juice on the carpet or screaming at the top of their lungs — will make you both a better parent and better equipped to deal with the challenges of parenting.