The 12 Relationship Resolutions Every Parent Needs to Make

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We often make new resolutions at the beginning of the year, but there are better ways to start new habits than that. Why would January 1st be different than any other day? Instead, you want to make a new resolution whenever you feel ready. Here are 12 resolutions to inspire you to be a better parent.

Prioritize Your Partner

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Prioritizing your partner is fundamental for the well-being of your family. You may be tempted to put your kids first, but the truth is that your relationship with their father is the basis upon which everything else is built. By nourishing your relationship with your spouse, you can give your kids a good example to follow, for instance, showing them how to navigate disagreement without losing control.

Limit Screen Time

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It’s so easy to put our kids in front of a screen whenever we need time. Even though this is okay to a certain extent, don’t exaggerate. Set a screen time limit and ensure your kids – and yourself! – respect it. Then, you can spend time together doing enriching activities, such as reading a book.

Focus on Empathy

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Do you remember when you were a teenager, and your emotions were so strong? Back in the day, you could cry in a second listening to a song reminding you of an ex-lover or get so angry at your parents that you seriously considered leaving the house. If you have teenage kids, they are probably going through the same emotions. Try to empathize with them instead of only criticizing them.

Be Kind (To Yourself)

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It’s always a good idea to try to be kinder, not only to the people around us, such as our children and spouse, but also ourselves! Mistakes are a normal part of life that cannot be avoided. Instead of beating yourself up, try to see every error as an opportunity for growth.

Prioritize Sleep

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All new parents know how much sleep deprivation can affect their lives. We often consider eating healthier or exercising more to boost our health, but having a good sleeping pattern is usually more helpful. To have a great night of sleep, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, and ensure your bedroom is quiet and dark.

Value Self-Care

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Who has time for self-care with children around? True! But guess what? Only by taking care of yourself can you be a good mother. The time devoted to self-care should never be negotiable. You deserve that hot bath! You deserve that weekend getaway. You deserve to take care of yourself whenever you need to.

Make Time for Socialization

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When was the last time you talked to your best friends? Noy by text, but in front of a cup of coffee in a lovely café? It’s time to reach out and hang out with them. Just because you are now a mother, it doesn’t mean you can no longer have fun with the people you love the most.

Eat More Meals Together

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Families often have different schedules, especially when kids grow old. Eating together at the table becomes a practice relegated to Sunday lunches, but this doesn’t have to be the norm. See whether there are other days during the week you can all share a meal and chat.

Talk for Real

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Talking about serious matters is crucial to developing strong bonds. Of course, not all conversations should be serious, and laughing and being silly together is equally important. However, getting your kids used to discussing controversial topics such as politics, religion, and emotions is key for their development. This will make you closer and teach your children how to communicate properly without disrespect.

Plan Your Future

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Often, couples tend to stop planning a future together after having kids. But this phase is just the beginning of your marriage and life as an adult. Planning an exciting future with your husband will help you feel excited for what is yet to come. Are you planning to live where you are now for the rest of your life? What about buying a second house? Should you plan that trip to Africa after your kids leave for college?

Be More than a Mom

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Having children is one of the best things that can happen to you. However, if your whole identity is based on your role as a mother, you will eventually become frustrated. Instead, make sure you maintain a strong sense of self. Nourish your passions and hobbies, and don’t forget that you are not only a mother but also a friend, a partner, and a daughter.

Don’t Only Criticize

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When was the last time you complimented your children? This is just as important as criticizing them when they do something wrong. Today, try to compliment or thank your kids for something they did, such as getting a good grade in school or helping you with the dishes after dinner.

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Don’t forget to value self-care! A quick five-minute morning skincare routine can make a massive difference in your attitude towards the day. Always remember that taking care of yourself is a must.

This article was first published on the RB ITALIA Blog.

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