How Parents Can Keep Their New Year's Resolutions

Good child care can help you stick to your goals for the new year

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The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to make changes in your life and create better habits for you and your family. Common New Year's Resolutions include: lose weight, get a better job, eat healthy, manage stress and spend more quality time with your partner. 

Unfortunately, many people stop their New Year's Resolutions within a few weeks. If you want to keep your New Year's Resolutions, it is important to think about the obstacles that may stand in your way.

For most parents, these are obstacles are time and child care. Time is a choice, but good child care can be a major factor in whether or not you are able to keep your New Year's Resolutions. Giving yourself time may mean asking your nanny or babysitter to stay a little longer or booking them a few hours on the weekends. If you don't want to spend the extra money enlist your spouse, grandparents or other family members to take the kids so you can fit in a workout, a cooking class, time to job search or a therapy appointment. Another option is a babysitting swap with a friend or neighbor, where they can watch your kids and another day, you can watch their kids.

Lose Weight

Starting and maintaining an exercise program is a challenge for many parents. Finding time to workout a few times a week may seem almost impossible with children running around, chores to do and your own personal work and activities.

If you are looking to join a new gym, inquire about babysitting. Many gyms offer in-house babysitting. Another options is getting the whole family involved in fitness. Try these family fitness ideas.

Get a Better Job

Work-life balance is very important. Happiness at work will spill over to happiness in your home.

If you are unhappy at your job, the new year is a great time to look for a new job or a new career. 

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is a great resolution for you and your family. There are many ways you can change the way you and your children eat. If you enjoy cooking, you may want to treat yourself to a cooking class. You can teach your children what you learn and make cooking fun for the whole family. 

Manage Stress

Managing stress is a common resolution for many parents. If you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a parent, working and taking care of your home, you are not alone. Stress and anxiety can get in the way of your goals and can keep your stuck in a never-ending cycle of negative thoughts. Creating a stress-management plan can help you organize your thoughts. If you feel that you cannot manage your stress alone, seek a therapist in your area who can help you sort out your concerns and get you on a better path.

Spend More Quality Time With Partner

Regular date nights with your partner are important for your relationship. Couples who devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are more likely to have a better relationship and lower divorce rates. If you can swing it, a trip without the kids is a wonderful way to bring back the romance and fun in your relationship.

New Year's Resolutions remind us that taking care of ourselves is most important. When we practice self-care, we are better parents, spouses, family members, coworkers, friends, and neighbors. This year, keep your resolutions - it will be a gift for your whole family!

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