As the year draws to a close, the annual tradition of reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the coming 365 days is well underway. Ahead, we share four parenting resolutions for you to start 2019 on a positive note.
Calm down before reacting
Children can be incredibly frustrating, but whether it’s seeing their lovely scribbles all over the living room wall or dealing with public temper meltdowns, resolve to calm down before reacting to the situation at hand. Being able to address conflicts in a thoughtful and calm manner will bring about positive effects for the entire family.
Listen and ask more questions
Don’t forget that communication is a two-way street. While chatting with your little one, make sure to listen attentively and ask more questions to keep the conversation flowing. This will help you develop a stronger bond, and get your child used to opening up even about the most trivial of matters as they grow older.
Get involved in community work
What better way to raise kind, generous and charitable children than by involving your family in actual community service work? There are plenty of ways you can take part, from donating old clothes and toys, to volunteering your time at various organisations. Start 2019 right by making a difference, and showing your children how they can make the world a better place, one volunteer project at a time.
Be more creative
Step away from the academic-driven mindset and nurture your child’s cognitive and creative skills through art and fun projects. It doesn’t have to be a massive (or messy) endeavour either – get started with these easy activities.