Are you ready for the New Year? 2017 plans are brewing; annoying Christmas toys are tinkering; and resolutions are . . . getting slammed? Suddenly, the word “resolution” is not politically correct? Well, that’s the perfect ending to 2016 — the year of “you can’t say that.”
Nevertheless, a lot of us parents know there’s room for self-improvement and enjoy the tradition of New Year’s resolutions (yeah, I said it) to motivate us. We just don’t like that icky feeling of failing to live up to our own expectations come the holiday hangover slump. So, here are five tips shared by YOU, tuned in parents, for turning earnest resolutions into real change in the coming year! And that’s nothing to scoff at.
1. Developing a healthy body image and getting fit
Tuned in parent Jules Ruud shares a powerful video with us about her struggle with her unhealthy body image and her resolve to CHANGE that for her kids and herself. Her new goal is “to be HEALTHY, not skinny”!
And another inspiring tuned in parent, Jeremy Bedell, shares his amazing tips for losing weight the right way. By the way, he lost 75 lbs in six months; so, don’t miss his story either!
2. Activating that healthy lifestyle
Starting with food, (gotta love anything that starts off that way) seek out all the culinary delights that tickle your and your family’s taste buds that are healthy. That’s not too much to ask, right? Develop a real taste for healthy eats. This will begin to reverse any negative mindset about health food versus processed and fast foods, etc. And please, no dieting, unless it’s a medical directive. Slowly adapt the lifestyle until it feels natural, and go from there! It’s all about sustainable healthy living that results in real change that lasts. Get a taste for organic cooking, yummy, non-processed recipes, allergen-friendly meals, and delicious and nutritious cooking shared by your fellow tuned in parents here!
3. Mastering your stress
Stress happens. Does it control you or the other way around? Did you know our stress directly affects our children? Here are some of our tips to stress less for the whole family.
4. Being your own boss!
Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, tired of working to make someone else’s dreams come true, finally ready to start your own business . . . it’s time to ACT. But do it smart and start with these tips for parent entrepreneurs.
5. Bridging that gap between success and stagnation via discipline and organization
Whew! That’s a mouthful, but it’s a common struggle for working parents. And around the start of every year, organization supplies are a popular item in every mom’s shopping cart (just TRY to get in that aisle at Target; try it). It’s only natural we want to get everything in order on the outside, mirroring how we want things to be on the inside. In the article Tips to Improve Self-Discipline in Kids, it starts with self-discipline tips for us. Super helpful tips for parents by parents!
BONUS TIP: Really want to make your resolutions stick? Tell them to your kids. They’ll hold you accountable!
What changes are you looking forward to in the new year?