New Year, New You: Doable Resolutions for the Harried Parent


Can you believe its already the end of January already! 2023 is an excellent time for parents to step back and assess how their parenting style can be improved. We’re constantly bombarded with work and various stress causes in life that it’s easy to be overwhelmed and forget the importance of self-care and the care we can give to our children. Making changes can be challenging, but these small resolutions will help make your family life more rewarding in the new year.

Take Time For Yourself

As busy parents, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of taking care of your family. But it’s important to take time for your physical and mental health. If you don’t have the time or money to hire a babysitter or go on vacation, consider simple things like reading a book or going out with friends once in a while.

Be More Present

Having your mind elsewhere is easy with your kids, especially when trying to multitask. But studies show that children can feel the difference when their parents are truly present and engaged in what they’re doing. Make a conscious effort this year to focus on quality time with your kids instead of constantly being distracted by emails, phone calls, and other obligations.

Get Organized

It’s no secret that parenting is easier when you’re organized and have a plan of attack for the day. Take some time this year to put together schedules, create a family calendar or manage spaces in your home. Having everything in control will free up time for more enjoyable activities with your kids.

Be Mindful of Your Words

It’s easy to get angry and say things you don’t mean when dealing with difficult situations that arise in parenting, like a temper tantrum or a messy bedroom. But this year, try to be mindful of the words you use and the example you set as a parent. Speak calmly and kindly, even in tough times – it will help to keep your child’s behavior in check without hurting their self-esteem.

Nurture Your Relationship With Your Partner

It’s easy for couples to forget about each other when they’re trying to balance parenting and other responsibilities. Make a special effort this year to nurture your relationship with your partner and make time for quality couple time, even if it’s just an hour or two each week. It will help you keep the spark alive in your relationship and provide a strong foundation for parenting together.

Make Health a Priority

Giving your best as a parent is easier if you care for yourself. Make sure you take time for regular exercise, eat healthy meals and get enough sleep – all of which are essential for both physical and mental well-being. It will help you to stay energized and focused in the new year.

Planning and Lists Are Your Friends

Sometimes, the little things can make a difference in your parenting. Make plans and lists for everyday tasks like laundry or grocery shopping to help you organize and save time. It will help you be more efficient and free up time for more enjoyable activities with your family.

Rest and Recharge Often

You can plan relaxing trips for the whole family. Sometimes, we pack too many things to do in a single day, and even the children get overwhelmed. Go for a picnic, spend the day at the beach, or hike to a nearby waterfall. Taking breaks from the usual routine and having fun in nature will help you all to recharge, relax, and enjoy quality time together.

Make Family Time – All the Time!

It’s easy to get caught up with everyday tasks and obligations, but it’s essential to take time out each week as a family and bond together. Coordinate family activities like game nights or movie marathons to ensure everyone is connected, engaged, and having fun.

You can make 2023 the best year for your family with minor adjustments. Being mindful of how you spend your time and focusing on connecting will lead to stronger relationships, increased happiness, and a healthier parent-child bond. Focus on making memories together, and you’ll have a happy, prosperous new year!

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Carl Cyrius
Carl is a father to his four beautiful children, Carter, the Twinsies Blake and Blaire, and youngest Zoe, who thinks she is a triplet. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Renee. They are the power-couple navigating and taking on each day as a new adventure! Carl enjoys spending quality time with the family and getting active, and keeping them busy. He loves to play soccer and is very involved in coaching his son's sports teams. He is the owner of The Oasis Firm, which specializes in helping others fulfill their dreams of homeownership by guiding them through the credit restoration process. He believes education begins at home and loves taking them to new places in the area to explore and enjoy learning experiences. He doesn't really know what free time looks like; he says, "What's that?, did I mention I have four children?". Even with a busy schedule, he manages to give back and volunteer with organizations in Broward, with community members to help others to give back continuously. Carl is a social butterfly and has fun spending time with family and friends with good food and company on the weekends. Carl shares with us “When I was a kid, my mother was both mom and dad. I am a born out of wedlock child who never had that dad role model. While I am very grateful for my mother’s upbringing; I believe having my dad present would have made a world of difference. In fact, other older males who served as father figures did change the course of my life. I am Carl Cyrius, and this is why I am honored for the opportunity to serve as a Dad to Broward Mom Collective.”


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