As the year draws to a close and a new year is ready to begin, most of us start thinking about what we’d like to do differently in the coming year. Usually, New Year’s resolutions include some combination of working harder and eating less. But instead, why not think about things we can do to make us better moms?
Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Moms
I know, you don’t think you yell at your kids. No mom does. Except when she’s yelling at her kids. No judgment. It’s hard not to yell sometimes. Raising your voice is sometimes the only way to get your kid’s to listen. But for all the obvious reasons, it’s not good for kids or moms. So try to cut it out. It will save you all that “I-just-yelled-at-my-kid” guilt.
Do More Things You Like
It’s honorable to spend most of your time thinking about your kids and doing things for them. But what about you? Being a mom means also being a person; and teaching your kids the importance of taking time for themselves. How long has it been since you attended that yoga class you loved? Or spent an afternoon with a good book or coffee with a friend? To raise well-rounded kids, you have to be a well-rounded parent.
Do you remember what that is? If not, you need to get some, and fast. A good night’s sleep will not only put you in a better mood, it will also boost your immune system. Two things you absolutely need to be an active mom! Drop the kids off at your parents or ask your husband to take them out so you can get some quiet time and take a nap. Head to bed early at least one night a week or vow to sleep an extra hour on the weekend.
Eat like an adult
Sometimes it’s just easier to eat the chicken nuggets or grilled cheese you’re making for your kids. I get it. But don’t forget the pleasure of enjoying your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant with a glass of wine over candlelight while a server waits on you. You’ve earned it! Enjoy some grown-up time.
Spend Some Quality Mom-Time with Each of Your Kids Separately
Everyone wants a piece of you all the time, so it may seem unfair to spend time with just one of the kids. But just like you need the occasional quality time with your husband or a friend, it’s nice to spend some one-on-one time with each of your kids separately. It will make them feel special, and you too.
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