New Year’s Resolutions

By Carol Dores

Happy New Year, and we hope that 2018 will be the best year ever for each of you!

As we move in to the New Year, many of us put our intentions out as resolutions.  Often, our hard work lasts a short time.  Here are three ideas that might be helpful.

  • To be the best parent I can be.

This is something that takes effort.  Parenting is hard.  Children do not come with instruction manuals, and every child is different.  Many of us would like to parent differently than we were raised, yet that is the only model we have to go on.  Taking a Positive Discipline parenting class can help you learn new tools and strategies.

  • To practice self care every day.

This also takes work and planning.  Eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising on a regular basis is a good place to start.  Finding time to do things that you enjoy are bonuses on top of the basics.  Using a calendar to schedule things can be helpful, including time to cook healthy foods, sleep time, and time to work out or take a walk.  Life is much more enjoyable when we are feeling at our best.

  • To contribute to the good of the greater community.

We feel better emotionally when we contribute to the greater community.  Finding something that you will feel good about contributing is a good place to start.  If you enjoy reading, volunteering to read with senior citizens or children is an example.  If you like food, serving food at a shelter can be rewarding.  Planning to do this at least a few times a month will benefit your mental health.  If you have young children, bringing them with you will teach them to do this, by setting an good example.



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