New Year’s resolutions – for parents this can mean something entirely different than for others. For me, resolutions have focused on my health, exercise, career and other personal attainment goals. However, as I grow a bit older and watch my boys grow up, my resolutions are changing a bit.
Many of us in the US take the holidays off from work to spend time with family and friends. We take this time to reflect and with that reflection comes the need for change. You realize your life can be improved and you set goals to make it better.
Below are Dadtography’s Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents. What resolutions did you make that you would add to this list?
New Year’s Resolution #10 – Take over some of the cooking duties from mommy.
Mommy sure does a lot around the house. Between all of her “duties” here and working, she deserves a break and that’s my first new year’s resolution (for this parent). Mommy will always be the kitchen guru but we can take over some of the work for her.
I’d love to come home from work and tell her to have a seat, hand her a glass of wine (if she didn’t have one already) and tell her not to lift a finger. Once upon a time (before I met her) I did all the cooking in my house; I know my way around the kitchen. Taking over cooking duties a few times a month shouldn’t be that tough to stick with, right?Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 10 - Relieve #mommy of some of her cooking duties. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #9 – Go for more family walks.
Walking is good for you. Spending time with family is a great new year’s resolution. So why not combine the two and take more family walks? It doesn’t really matter where we walk. It’s not the destination that matters, it’s more about the time spent together. I resolve to take more family walks in the new year.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 9 - Go for more #family walks. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #8 – Tell my family ‘I love you’ every day.
This is a really important resolution. We should tell our families we love them every single day. I don’t intentionally not tell them, but sometimes we get into a rush, we’re late for work or for school that day and we rush out the door without thinking. We need to remember to tell them we love them because you can’t hear “I love you” too often.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 8 - Tell my #family 'I love you' every day. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #7 – Enjoy at least one sunrise (or sunset) with a family member.
I really like the idea of watching a sunrise or sunset with family. Sunrises and sunsets are a perfect time of day, when the pace just naturally slows down. We can use this time of day to take a deep breath and just reflect on the day ahead (or behind). Was it a good day? Was it a challenging day? Talk about it for a few minutes and just enjoy the moment.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 7 - Watch the #sunrise with a family member. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #6 – Finally have that much needed talk about that elephant in the room.
Everyone has elephants that need to be discussed. Has something been weighing on your mind that you need to get out? The thing about elephants is that they get larger over time. The less you talk about them, the larger they grow. The key about talking about elephants is starting the conversation in a place of open-mindedness and love. Don’t start these conversations off on the wrong foot or they can go very poorly. If you can’t figure out a resolution in one conversation, come back to it later. The important part is that you started the conversation.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 6 - Finally talk about that elephant in the room. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #5 – Call my dad at least once per week.
I am really bad about talking on the phone, and with my family mostly living a long distance away from me, this can be a bit problematic. My own dad and I talk occasionally and I really enjoy our conversations when we talk. I should probably resolve to give him a call more often, because it’s not important who calls who. What’s important is that we talk.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 5 - Call my #dad at least once per week. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #4 – Finally hang that hammock in the back yard.
This resolution may seem small and insignificant, but it represents something large for me. The backyard is my reprieve. It’s the place I go in the morning or the evening to decompress. I’ve always wanted to have a hammock that I could relax in or maybe even taken an occasional nap in. I don’t nap often, but I feel like I could with a hammock in our back yard.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 4 - Finally hang that hammock in the back yard. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #3 – Try to drink less alco…just kidding, I mean coffee.
I really don’t drink alcohol very often, but coffee – well, that’s another story. I’m not so sure it’s the coffee itself that’s bad for me. I don’t drink my coffee black (does anyone these days?); I add a lot of creamer to my coffee. I should probably cut back on the cream and sugar by having only one cup of coffee in the morning and one 8 oz glass of water instead of coffee.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 3 - Drink less alco...#jk I mean coffee. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #2 – Print more photos; post fewer photos on Facebook.
I’ve taken almost 20,000 photos over the past three years or so. I’ve only printed a handful of them. I’ve gotten really good about capturing our moments, but I still need to get better about printing them. One of my new year’s resolutions for parents is to print more photos and post less on Facebook. I should be hanging more of those memories on our walls next year.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 2 - Print more photos and post fewer on Facebook. Click To Tweet
New Year’s Resolution #1 – Don’t let the little things get to me.
Stress is one of the most destructive forces in our lives and the thing about stress is that most of it starts in our heads. I know I’m that way. I shouldn’t let the little things get to me – especially things that I have little or no control over. I resolve to worry less about the little things and focus more on what matters and that which I can change.Dadtography's #NewYearsResolution number 1 - Don't let the 'little things' get to me. Click To Tweet