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New Year's Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

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Ever year at about this time, most of us get to thinking of what we’d like to do differently in the coming year. Usually, New Year's resolutions seem to include some combination of working harder and eating less. So why not think about things we could do to make us better moms?

Here are the New Year’s resolutions every mom should make:

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Yell Less

I know, you don’t yell at yours kids. No mom does, except when she’s yelling at her kids. No judgment here. It’s hard not to. Sometimes it feels like raising your voice is the only way to get your kid’s attention. But for all the obvious reasons, it’s terrible for kids and moms. So in 2014, try to cut it out. It’ll save you all that time spent with I-just-yelled-at-my-kid guilt.

Do More Things You Like

You’re a good mom spending most of your time thinking about and doing things for your kids, but what about you? Part of being a mom means also being a person. What happened to that yoga class you loved so much? And when was the last time you took out your favorite book? If we want well-rounded kids, we have to be well-rounded parents. So if people ask how you are and you respond, “The kids are fine,” it’s probably time to get a few more interests of your own.

Pay A Little More Attention to the Hubs

When you’re not catching up on your tennis game and trying not to yell, try giving the hubs a bit more attention. I know you barely have time to take a shower every day, but it’s also important to remember your best friend, What’s-His-Name.

Every now and then, let loose a little.

Start Saying, "No."

By New Year’s Day most moms are knee deep in “overwhelmed,” having spent the beginning of the school year being a sherpa, chauffeur, tutor and chef. Guess what? Your kid doesn’t have to be at every birthday party he’s invited to, and the little one doesn’t need a playdate every single day. Sometimes doing nothing is doing something, and your kids will enjoy it as much as you.

Put Down That iPhone

Multitasking is a mom’s middle name, so it makes sense that we sometimes need to answer an email or respond to a text while the kids are around. But if you’re like me, you find yourself nearly addicted to checking what’s new on the phone. Sure that text is hilarious and that email is top priority, but you don’t really need to check them at every stoplight. Plus, what kid wants to feel like he or she has to compete for mom’s attention with her new gold iPhone?

Have Some Kid-Like Fun

Kids get to run around, climb on things, scream to their hearts content, eat fried things and take a nap. Sounds fun, right? Well, why shouldn’t mom? Every now and then, let loose a little. And yes, you can have the fries.

Spend Some Quality Mom-Time With Your Kids Separately

Everyone in the family wants a piece of mom all the time, so sometimes it seems unfair to just spend time with one of the kids. But just like you need the occasional date with the hubs or with a friend, it’s nice to spend some one-on-one time with each of your kids separately. They’ll feel special, and so will you.

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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Gosh, being a mom is hard. It’s a job that comes with no manual, education or training. So just like you want your kid to be less hard on herself, lead by example and give yourself a break. You’re doing the best you can.

Happy New Year!

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