New Year’s Resolutions for Mom and Dad

familydrawing.gifIt’s four days into the New Year, but it’s never too late for a new start. If you haven’t decided on a New Year’s resolution, here are some suggestions from SureBaby.com. (These are specifically directed toward parents, but work equally well for parents-to-be!)

  1. TV & Computer Limitations – Set limitations for T.V. and the computer to no more than 2 hours per day.
  2. Get your Finances in Order – Having your finances in disarray funnels out negatively onto your children.
  3. Limit Junk Food – Limiting junk food and soda from your child’s diet can help him/her think more clearly.
  4. Volunteer – Getting your family involved in the community helps focus on others & not just self.
  5. Quality Time – Plan family fun activities together such as weekend outings and family game nights.
  6. Get Fit– Incorporate regular exercise into your children’s daily routines, such as red light green light, or a family stroll around the neighborhood.
  7. Relax! – Take regular breaks yourself. A little time-off will do you and everyone in the family some good.
  8. Quit Smoking – Second-hand smoke can cause serious health problems in all members of your household including your children.
  9. Be Consistent – Setting limits and boundaries minimize behavorial problems in children which creates stability and a more peaceful home life.
  10. Encourage – Be encouraging to your children and focus on their successes and even if they fail at something, be there to support their efforts.

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