I am going to be perfectly transparent—I am not a fan of New Year Resolutions, as I feel that one doesn’t have to wait for a new year to make a change. But I also understand the importance of ushering in a new year fresh with goals and things you want to accomplish. On top of personal and professional goals that I want to pursue, I also have a set of parenting resolutions that I want to make for the new year.
In my quest to be the best mom I can be, I know I have to consistently strive to go above and beyond when it comes to my daughter. As she gets older and is embarking on starting high school, I know that we will have some challenges and perhaps growing pains.
So, here we are, on the tail end of one year ending and a new one beginning. I’d like to share with you Six New Year Resolutions Parents Should Make, which are coincidentally, my parenting goals for the new year.
Spend more time doing nothing
Not every moment has to be planned or accounted for. Spend time with your child just doing nothing. Nuzzle together and have quiet time. Allow yourself to just enjoy one another without the pomp and circumstance of being busy all of the time.
This is top on my list!
More college conversations
It’s never too early to begin discussing college. Well, infant-hood may be too young, but if your child is school aged, it’s time to start the college conversation. Ask them questions like what they want to be when the grow up and what fields they are interested in. The find out what college specialize in these areas and begin researching them. You can also discuss scholarship opportunities, saving for college, and more.
I am having more and more college conversations with her, and it is beginning to take hold.
If your child is in high school, then planning a college visit is critical. My daughter started visiting local colleges in St. Louis last year during her 7th grade year and it has helped her tremendously hone in on what she wants to do and what her talents are. We will continue to do so this year since she will be a high school freshman next year.
Bringing her on-staff
I am going to be making my daughter a part of The Cubicle Chick team. She is good with graphics and such, so I am hiring her to help me spruce up my posts.
This will allow her to get some valuable experience as well as earn some spending money. And it will help me and my personal brand immensely.
Sharing my mistakes
I want my daughter to know that while I strive for nothing but the best for her, I am not perfect. I want to begin sharing my mistakes in hopes that she will not only learn from them, she won’t make the same ones I did.
My daughter and I travel a lot together, but I want to add more destinations including ones of the international variety. This year, I want to resolve to us taking at least one trip outside of the continental U.S. Any suggestions on where we should go?
What Parent New Year Resolutions will you be making?
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This post is sponsored by Country Financial but thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.