Nifty·Posted on Dec 27, 201321 Parenting Resolutions For The New YearBecause resolving to be a better parent beats resolving to eat more kale.by Mike SpohrBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Resolve to: Model a better digital life. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Dreamworks / Via themarysue.com Showing your kids you can survive without constantly being on your phone, tablet, or computer will help them to be less dependent on technology. 2. Listen more. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. / Via gifconnoisseur.tumblr.com Parents who listen well not only make their kids more confident speakers, but better listeners, too. 3. Introduce your kids to new foods. Flickr: keinoguchi 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. 4. Continue learning as a parent. Flickr: chatiryworld Ongoing education is a priority at most jobs, so why not make it one at the job of parenting, too? 5. Take more photos of your kids. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF MGM / Via dangerousminds.net This year your kids will have more than just photos with the Easter Bunny and Santa. 6. Take fewer photos. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ABC / Via glee.wikia.com On the other hand, if your kids groan every time you pull out your camera, you might want to work on taking fewer, more meaningful photos. 7. Read more with your kids. Flickr: suswar 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. 8. Make time to recharge yourself. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via sayforward.com Parents are the first to neglect themselves, but "me-time" will make you happier and more energized when caring for your kids. 9. Recharge with your partner as well. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via stupidcupidblog.com Similarly, parents who make time for each other get along better, which kids greatly appreciate. 10. Get outside more with your kids. Flickr: vastateparksstaff It's a great way to bond, inspire a love of nature, and encourage physical activity. 11. Be nicer to your kids. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF dumpfm.s3.amazonaws.com / Via dump.fm A massage is a bit much, but making an effort to take a breath before yelling isn't. 12. Talk about parenting with other parents. New Line Cinema / Via goldstars.wordpress.com It's a terrific way to blow off steam, exchange parenting tips, and feel less alone. 13. Catch your kids being good. Bell System / Via Classic Film Flickr: 29069717@N02 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. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Touchstone Pictures / Via youtube.com 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. Flickr: katiecampbell 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. 16. Follow through. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF assets.sbnation.com Being consistent with a punishment or rule will stop kids from thinking they can disobey you and get away with it. 17. Play with your kids more. Universal Pictures / Via theaceblackblog.com 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. 18. Maintain a routine. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF theblogmocracy.com Kids, like soldiers, respond well to a predictable schedule, so focusing on maintaining normalcy is a good idea. 19. Have a surprise of the month. Flickr: h2os 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. 20. Leave your work at the office as much as possible. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. / Via thelifeofjake.com Focusing 100% on your kids when you're with them will make your time together quality time. 21. Always be grateful. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney / Via foreverkat478.tumblr.com 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.