Although we're fully aware that the whole, "New year, new you!" saying gets a little old after a while, there's something to be said for making self-improvement a top priority. And what better way to reset than coming up with a doable, parenting-related resolution to focus on? We decided to ask parents what exactly they're trying to improve upon as far as their little ones go, and yep, they came up with some pretty good answers! Take a peek at what these moms are zeroing in on in 2020.
Teaching kids how to cook.
"Teaching my sons how to cook some basics, so they don't starve or live off of pizza and ramen when they eventually move out. This will test every ounce of patience I have." — Katherine Merrick
Putting down your phone.
"Putting my phone away while with my kids! I can't help but scroll through Instagram while we're spending time together." — Kat Malinowska
Teaching kids how to do laundry.
"My son is going to college in 2020, so while he can cook, clean, lug around big things, and reach high areas, I must teach him how to do laundry. He's now required to clean his own teen boy stinky garments and bedding, too. We'd also like to get him a checkbook and debit card to teach him cash management." – Tracy Mattei
Showing your children it's OK not to be perfect.
"For our younger daughter, it's a never-ending cycle of making her believe that perfection in everything is impossible and not necessary to live. We want her to strive for the best but accepting herself as God intends is the best thing anyone can do! The self-imposed need to be perfect in every criteria isn't realistic." – Tracy Mattei
Spending more time with your little ones individually.
"Being more present when we are together. I also want to plan dates with each child to give them some individualized, special time!" — Erin Ritt Feltmann
Making healthy habits more consistent.
"I want to get my 4-year-old to eat more vegetables and less sugar and get her outdoors to be active more often. I want to expose her to more arts and sciences, now that she can understand it more. Lastly, we need to get her bedtime routine down! She's 4 and still struggling with sleep." — Vilté Rooney