5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

Open the year with one of these (completely doable!) mom resolutions.


By: Meredith Gordon

1. Yell Less
I know, I know: You don’t yell at your kids. No mom does — except when she’s yelling at her kids. (No judgment here. It’s hard not to. Sometimes it feels like raising your voice is the only way to get your kid’s attention.)

But for all the obvious reasons, it’s terrible for kids and moms. So in 2015, try to cut it out. It’ll save you all that time spent with that I-just-yelled-at-my-kid guilt.

2. Do More Things You Like
You’re a good mom and spend most of your time thinking about and doing things for your kids, but what about you? Being a mom means also being a person.

What happened to that yoga class you loved so much? And when was the last time you opened your favorite book? If we want well-rounded kids, we have to be well-rounded parents.

Here’s a quick test: If people ask how you are and you respond, “The kids are fine,” it’s probably time to get a few more interests of your own.

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3. Start Saying "No"
By New Year’s Day, most moms are overwhelmed from having spent the beginning of the school year being a chauffeur, tutor and chef. Guess what? Your kid doesn’t have to be at every birthday party he’s invited to, and the little one doesn’t need a playdate every single day.

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Sometimes doing nothing is doing something — and your kids will enjoy it as much as you.

4. Spend Some Quality Time with Your Kids, Separately
Everyone in the family wants you to him- or herself all the time, so sometimes it seems unfair to just spend time with one of the kids.

But just like you need the occasional date with the hubs or a friend, it’s nice to spend some one-on-one time with each of your kids separately. They’ll feel special, and so will you.

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5. Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself
Being a mom is hard. You’ll never find a manual, class or training that covers it all. Just like you want your kid to be less hard on herself, lead by example and give yourself a break. You’re doing the best you can.

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