New Year's Resolutions for Parents

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Still thinking of resolutions to make in the new year? Many adults resolve to lose weight, get more organized or make other promises. But why not make resolutions that benefit you and your family? If a resolution will make you a better parent, then there are a few you might consider. As with all resolutions, the more specific, the better. For example, a better way to make a promise to lose weight instead of "I'm going to lose weight" would be to say, "I'm going to exercise at least three times a week," or "I'm going to lose two pounds per week until I reach my goal of 135 pounds." Exercising more patience with your kids is a worthy goal, but how might you measure that goal? Trying to react without yelling at least twice a week might be one way. Rewarding children for being good instead of punishing them each time they're bad is a great resolution.