By Melissa A. Kay
A new year is upon us. With it come new challenges—and new opportunities for happiness and success for you and your child. We asked parents from our community to share their New Year’s resolutions for 2015.
“This year, I want to focus more on the ‘big picture’ and stress less about the day-to-day struggles. In 2015, I’ll look for joy first!”
“I want to allow my son to explore and learn new skills. I’ll assume less about his abilities and let him have new experiences. As for my daughter, I’ll give her more structure to keep her on track and help her develop independence.”
“My New Year’s resolution for my child is to focus more on the present instead of worrying so much about what the future may hold.”
“I will do something good each day for someone who’s not expecting it. My son and I will continue to work at the local soup kitchen. It helps him learn to follow instructions while giving back to the community.”
“I vow to treat myself as well as I do others. I’m too hard on myself when it comes to how well I can do for my kids. I need to step back and see that I’m doing the best I can.”
“Next year, I plan to take more time to let loose and have fun with my family. We get so caught up in the day-to-day hustle that we forget how to have a good laugh sometimes. I know my kids will appreciate it!”
“I’m a self-described ‘control freak,’ and I’ve realized it doesn’t do me any good. I will let my friends and family help me when they offer and let my older daughter take charge in areas where she can help her brother.”
“I’m making 2015 the Year of Happiness! No matter what’s happening, I will wake with a positive attitude and be thankful for all I have and not focus on what’s missing. My family is really all I need.”
“It’s too easy to plop the family in front of the TV or computer after a long day. I promise to do more family activities that don’t involve something electronic. Let’s get back to old-fashioned family time!”
“In 2015 I will parent less from the fear of ‘what if he never…’ and more from the love and joy of ‘look what he can…’”
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Melissa A. Kay is a writer, editor and content strategist with over 15 years of experience in the publishing field in the areas of family, beauty, health, employment, lifestyle and more.
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