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2013 New Years' Parenting Resolutions

It’s 2013. A brand new year. A new leaf. A fresh start. This means many of us are either putting our resolutions in to affect or have already broke a few. I’m not one to really make resolutions per say as I tend to tackle them as the year progresses, but this year there are definitely quite a few things I want to accomplish and goals which I would like to meet.  I’ve rounded it off to my top 5 although my list is about double that ;). #overachiever

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1. Live In The Moment

This is something that I strive for year after year. I have yet to perfect it and as a working mom and business owner it is tough to really be present for every moment. The phone rings, a deadline has to be met, lunch is on the stove and in the meantime my daughter is trying to tell me something “inpowtent.” It’s definitely a real struggle to stay present in every moment, but when I do the rewards are reaped ten-fold.

It doesn’t take a ton of time to stop what you are doing, look into your child’s eyes and really listen to what they are saying. They are only children once and I want to take advantage of every moment – fully.

2. Record More

My husband rolls his eyes at this one because I am the mom that has the camera going 24/7. But really. Can you ever have enough video or photos? I took over 1500 photos on our last trip and it wasn’t enough. I wanted more, wish I had taken more video. Now that we live in the digital age it is even easier than before to record all of those special moments. Don’t worry about using up the ‘film’ because there isn’t any. My goal for 2013 is to try and preserve even more memories.

3. Random Acts Of Kindness

Last month after the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook, I was left reeling, like every other person who heard about this horrific incident. NBC‘s Ann Curry introduced an idea for everyone to commit in doing one act of kindness for each life lost. My husband, our girls and I took the time to do little things – handing out flowers to strangers, gifting her teachers, bringing a box of chocolates to the library. The incredible joy we brought to others by little gestures of kindness didn’t compare to the joy we all felt and so we’ve decided to do at least one random act each and every week.

4. Read More, Craft More, Learn More

I work A LOT and although I adore it, it has unfortunately taken the place of many activities and hobbies that I used to enjoy tremendously. This year I have decided to set a time for work and time for play. I’ve increased my book quota from 2012 and have a list of fun things I want to accomplish this year. Everyone needs balance and life is too short to ignore the things that bring you joy.

5. Use the Crockpot More

Folks, if you don’t own a slow cooker please put it on your shopping list stat. I’ve had mine for over 10 years now and used to use it all the time before I had kids. We’ve used it in spurts since then, which is kind of ridiculous considering what a time saver it is. You put the food in, turn it on and several hours later a flavorful and healthy meal is ready without having to turn on the stove. Win. Win.

Now tell me, do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are your goals for 2013?

About Nadia

As founder and editor of ChildMode.com and TravelerMode.com, Nadia Carriere has the goods on what's hot in lifestyle products and travel destinations for families. As a lover of fashion, Nadia found her niche in children's products while searching for quality items for her own kids, and now she scouts out the 'best of the best' for other families with kids.

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