Did you know that almost half of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions annually? It's true! Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 45 percent of Americans usually make a New Year's Resolution each and every year.
Just 8 percent of Americans keep them.
We can change this. If people keep their resolutions short and attainable they are much more likely to keep them.
Personally, I always try to choose a simple resolution that will produce a big result. Here's a list of five easy positive parenting resolutions moms and dads across the country can take up in 2015! Hopefully one of these will work for you.
Cook at Home More Often
Today, less than a third of Americans eat their meals at home more than twice a week. The decline in America's home-cooking culture has coincided with the obesity epidemic. If we, collectively, returned to more home-cooked meals, we could all benefit from a range of significant health advantages. Plus, if we resolved to eat dinner at home more frequently, we would all enjoy more family time.
Read with Your Kids More Often
Reading aloud to children is perhaps the single most important contributing factor to success in school. Young children are delighted by the sound of language before they even notice printed words on a page. By reading aloud, you help them develop skills that will enable them to better understand written text. In addition, by reading to your children regularly, you can show them how important reading is by modeling it. Your example can give them a lifelong passion for the written word.
Nurture Your Child's Self-Esteem
It's easy to get frustrated with kids. We all do it at some point. It's important that while we, as parents, discipline our kids, we also remember to nurture their burgeoning sense of self. Your actions as a parent will have long-lasting effects on your children's self-esteem. Whenever possible, praise their accomplishments and give them opportunities to shine by allowing them to do things independently. Allowing your children to accomplish goals on their own will help them feel capable and strong in the future. Try not to compare them with others, and do everything in your power to make them feel worthwhile.
Make Time for Your Kids
Time is a precious commodity these days. Make a resolution to never check your e-mail during family time, even if emails are flooding your inbox. Lay aside your daily cares at a designated time and be present for your kids. Time is an essential aspect of positive parenting.
By going green as a family you'll teach your children the importance of preserving the environment, eating right, and keeping active. There are so many ways you can attain this goal. You can ask your kids to help you sort recycling. Keep your home a little cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. Ditch the car whenever possible. Try biking as a family. Even if you have small children, you can purchase a bike with a seat on the back for them or you can buy a children's bike trailer. Just by running errands on bikes you can help the planet in a big way—and get your exercise too!
These positive parenting resolutions don’t demand huge, life-changing adjustments. That's what makes them attainable. You can use them as a guide when developing resolutions for yourself or your family. Whatever you choose, using small, meaningful positive parenting changes to bring about larger improvements in your life is a great way to start 2015.