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Conflicts. Raised voices. Slamming doors. Frustration. Disappointment.

2015 wasn’t the best year in our home. I started the year off right by creating a detailed parenting vision but my eagerness waned. While I yearned to create a home of peace, I did little to make my wishes come to fruition.

In fact, it was such a rough year that I mastered strategies for how to make amends after I’ve lost my cool with my kids.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve struggled over the past year. Perhaps you could tell as my parenting posts have dwindled.

I’ve tormented myself with thoughts like:

“How can I write about parenting if I, myself, have no idea what I’m doing?”

“How can I write about parenting if I’m doing things I don’t want to do?”

“How can I write about parenting if I’m doing things that I shouldn’t do?”

However, I’ve come to realize something: Whenever I’m brutally honest, I discover that there are other parents who are struggling as much as I am. I’ve found that this parenting journey, although it feels solitary, it isn’t so lonely after all.

I want a change. This year I’m making a parenting resolution to become the best mom I can be for my kids.

I’m not so naive to think that this will be easy. In fact, I’m certain this resolution will take a lot of work, but this is my work. Parenting is the most important job I will ever do, and I want to do my best.

As I contemplated my goals for the year, I realized that much will have to change. I have bad habits that I need to break. I have new approaches that I need to practice. This journey is going to be epic.

Change takes patience, time, and effort. Every month I want to make small changes that will breed new, good habits, and encourage a compounding growth in myself.

I want to do this. I need to do this. Maybe you need to do this too?

That is why I’ve decided to make a series out of my parenting resolution.

Every month, I will publish a new challenge/focus for the month, and I would love it if you would join me. Let’s start a dialogue. Let’s share. Let’s be open. Let’s make a change!

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Please come back next Monday for the first challenge. Don’t worry, since it’s mid-month, I’m making it an easy one. In the meantime, if you haven’t created a parenting vision yet, maybe now’s the time to do so. You can get your FREE parenting vision planner HERE.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey. If you share anything related on social media related to your parenting resolution, please use the hashtag #parentingresolution so that I can easily find and reshare your posts. Let’s do this… together!

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This post is part of the parenting resolution series. The entire series is here:

Introduction: The Parenting Resolution: Make 2016 the Best Year!

Challenge #1: The Parenting Resolution: Creating a Learning Plan

Challenge #2: How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Challenge #3: How to Say More Yes and Less No

Challenge #4: How to Let Your Children Know They Can Depend on You

Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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