The Parenting Resolution: Make 2016 the Best Year!


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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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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. 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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