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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Dec 28, 2012

by Caleb Gardner

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With the birth of our second child this year, my wife and I have had to completely rethink our approach to parenting.  What we considered important when we first became parents has now fallen by the wayside. As the reality of two children has set in, we’ve  had to focus on what really matters – being present, sharing our values, and making sure our kids know how much we love them. These five parenting resolutions certainly aren’t all-encompassing, but they are guiding principles that I hope to apply every day.

1. I won’t expect perfection — from myself, or from my children.

I want to make it clear to my children that it is okay to have bad days. I have high expectations for my kids, but in the end, they are just kids. They are still learning how to be in this world, in every sense. If it takes two steps forward and one step back, I want to make room for that as a parent.

I also want to take pressure off of myself to do everything right. I have bad days, and as long as I’m honest with myself and my children, admit when I’m wrong, and try as much as possible to be aware of what I need in the moment, I don’t have to be a perfect parent — which frees me up to be a good parent.

 2. I will make learning a part of everyday life.

A few months ago I started a new job, and with it has come many opportunities to learn new skills and try things I haven’t done before. Learning is an exciting part of life that I find personally fulfilling, and I want it to be the same way for my kids.

I’m already seeing the same sense of wonder in my oldest, who will turn four next year. His imagination is blooming every day; I see it in the school yard with his classmates, and the (pretend) train yard as he’s playing by himself. He’s taking an active approach to learning as he discovers the world, and I want to take an active part of encouraging that learning.

 3. I will put away distractions and be with my kids.

It is too easy to come home after a day at work and jump right back on the computer or phone, checking email, reading social media updates, doing one more thing before I focus on being with my family.

In 2013, we’re taking an extreme approach to keeping family time sacred. My wife and I have agreed to check all of our digital devices at the door when we walk in our house, and not pick them up again until our children are asleep. I liken it to the phone-stack game for parents, but it is a way to ensure that our kids never wonder whether or not something else is more important than they are.

4. I will live in the moment.

In 2005, David Foster Wallace gave a commencement speech to Kenyon College. His admonition against unconsciousness, against the default settings of every day life that make it so easy to coast, struck a chord in me.

Next year, I want to focus on what Wallace calls “the really important kind of freedom” — being aware, being disciplined, and having a sustained effort over time to sacrifice for other people, “over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” To a parent, I don’t know what else could be more important.

5. I will communicate unequivocally how much my family means to me.

There have been too many reminders lately about how fragile life is. If there was ever a time to oversaturate your loved ones with words of encouragement and praise, it has to be now, and every day in 2013 and beyond.

What are your resolutions as parents next year? What did you learn in 2012 that changed how you’re going to approach your kids in 2013?

4 Featured Comments

  • whitneydahlin

    Whitney Dahlin from RusticDeSIGNS1 said 4 years ago Featured

    These are great. I don't have kids of my own (though I do have two nephews), but I could absolutely implement these resolutions into my daily life. I think a lot of us need to take note of these to make our families and other loved ones more of a priority in our lives. I cannot think of a single person that I know who wouldn't benefit from these tips. :)

  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 4 years ago Featured

    Those are great resolutions! My parental resolution for my 2 1/2 year old is to accept and foster his interests every day and to provide opportunities for growth. His passions change with the wind but I love how focused he can be on his love of the day. My resolution for my 5 month old is to continue to get to know who he is as a person. When he was born and they announced he was a boy I thought I knew what he would look and act like (picturing his older brother) but the moment he was placed in my arms I was proven wrong. This new little creature slipped into my heart. My boys couldn't be more different in looks or personality and it is such fun!

  • SarahsTreasures

    Sarah Ditzler said 4 years ago Featured

    Thanks for articulating what I've been feeling so much lately. It can be so hard to balance quality family time with quality alone time, but I don't want to blink and miss my chance to be present with my children. This is also great advice for marriage and other relationships, thank you.

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 4 years ago Featured

    I like that you included the DFW quote. I'm a former student of his, and found those words inspiring as well. I'm in the process of deciding whether to start a family. If we do, I hope to share some of your strategies for communicating values to your children through actions. Thank you for this insightful article.

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  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 4 years ago

    I think these are great resolutions even for non-parents! Live in the moment and keep learning a part of every day are both on my ongoing lists.

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 4 years ago

    As a father of two young boys.... I agree These is good advice to keep in mind everyday.

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 4 years ago

    Amen, Caleb. Happy and safe holidays to all.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Love #3,4 and 5. Great ideas. You're making me look bad, I never put that much thought into being a parent. Although one rule was to always read a bedtime story.

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    Good advice and great resolutions to have for the New Year!!!

  • wildthingz

    Andrea from wildthingz said 4 years ago

    Great resolutions!

  • cristantecreations

    rebecca cristante from cristantecreations said 4 years ago

    all good things to think about. especially the one about putting the screens away! we are always trying to work on that one!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Great resolutions for parents! I love the one "live in the moment". I have worked on this throughout this year with the birth of my second child. It just goes way too fast :)

  • oneperfectday

    oneperfectday from OnePerfectDay said 4 years ago

    I agree with it all. We should remind ourselves constantly about what the most important things in life are.

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 4 years ago

    Caleb, these are heartwarming goals and principles. My "little" ones are grown and have started their own lives. It's easy for me to think back at all my mistakes and shortcomings as a parent. My 2013 resolution is to forgive myself and move out of the past into the right now. Thanks for the reminder! Namaste

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 4 years ago

    It would be so cool to be your kid....do you adopt?

  • MauiAndHerOwl

    MauiAndHerOwl from MauiAndHerOwl said 4 years ago

    These are great - for everyone. Especially number 3. So often my husband and I are together but in different places with all our technological distractions.

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic from ShabbyNChic said 4 years ago

    I love this post! What is more important that our children? In the end, we have them for such a short time and we can't go back and do it differently. The new year is a great time to take stock of how we think we are doing in that amazing area of our lives.

  • erinleath

    Erin Leath from BlueSkyShoppe said 4 years ago

    I am adding these resolutions to my list...and I will do them with my husband as well as my son. Especially # 3. Great list :)

  • mariekemccallister

    Marieke from ReekieBeNeekie said 4 years ago

    What a great post! Technology in all its glory really has taken over the time in years past we spent doing other more "people interactive" things. My husband and I are guilty of reaching for our phones or email every time they beep and never thought of how that may seem to our kids and where they fall in our importance scale. I know now what my New Years resolution will be and thank you for shedding light on something I never stopped to think could emotionally affect those I love with all my heart.

  • boobahblue

    Renee Hanks from BooBahBlue said 4 years ago

    Great Resolutions. Much appreciation from one parent to another! Thank you.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 4 years ago

    Good resolutions for anyone!

  • SuburbanYeti

    Bradley Day from SuburbanYeti said 4 years ago

    As a husband to a fantastic wife and father to an amazing three year old, this "mission statement" really hit. me. hard. Like a ton of bricks. I love my family. I love my wife. I love my daughter. Thank you.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    The gift of life is extremely fragile, existence fleeting. Valuing the people we have with the time we have left during this brief visit on earth -- that is what the meaning of life is.

  • lindsaymbutt

    lindsaymbutt said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much! My husband and I are expecting our first child in the new year and I have read all of your posts. wonderful parenting advice, especially to someone (me) who is terrified that I am going to some how mess this up.

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 4 years ago

    resolutions fail and fall away--- these should just be parental requirements.

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 4 years ago

    Great article, will be applying to my family!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    great ideas all! Puts things in to perspective. I try not to pick up the computer until the kids are in bed... they are 23 and 19 and 15.. they tend to outlast me!. I agree there needs to be a human, face to face component. and I love the idea of checking the phones at the door! I hope to be able to have our family gather together more often. Seems in this high tech and fast paced world... we lose that all to quickly! thank you for the reminders as to what is truly important in life!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 4 years ago

    These resolutions might be to much for some, but even if you apply just one it would be better than none!

  • reginamiles1

    Regina from ChainAndCluster said 4 years ago

    Great advice for anyone... Thank you for sharing!

  • mrscsglutenfree

    Veronica from MrsCsGlutenFree said 4 years ago

    Beautiful. I am now turning off Etsy and going to tickle my son. Happy (giggly) New Year.

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 4 years ago

    Wonderful words. My number 6. would be to explore nature with your kids. Some of the happiest times shared with my two boys (6 and 10) have been long walks in the hills and woods that surround my city.

  • InvitaPaperStudio

    Adriana O. from InvitaPaperStudio said 4 years ago

    Love #3! We are so distracted these days by technology, that we dont stop to appreciate the little ones infront of us. Last thing i want is for my kids to remember me on my phone all the time.

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome!

  • originalperfection

    Original Perfection from originalperfection said 4 years ago

    Good parental strategies!

  • originalperfection

    Original Perfection from originalperfection said 4 years ago

    Good parental strategies! Not just little ones that we needs to appreciates, we also needs to appreciates the elders as well.

  • HappyEarthTea

    Niraj Lama from HappyEarthTea said 4 years ago

    Being a parent is the biggest lesson on egolessness that I have had to swallow. It's a meditation and yoga it itself, calling for strenuous practice and big sacrifices.

  • babyjives

    Jahje Ives from BabyJivesCo said 4 years ago

    I definitely need to add that check our tech at the door to our resolutions...for everyone. A wonderful list of what is really important, thanks for sharing.

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Good point of view. I don't have kids yet but in the future I have to practice this list

  • SeaFindDesigns

    Tracy Prince from SeaFindDesigns said 4 years ago

    #5! Nice job Caleb!

  • VintageRenude

    Pam from VintageRenude said 4 years ago

    As a full time grandparent with 2 young grandsons every day. I try to remember to do all of things I never had time for with my kids when they were young. Teaching them the importance of learning, creative play, being nice to each other and just spending time focusing on the moment. If I learned nothing else over the years, parenting is hard work, and doing it right is even harder. There are no rule books, no courses with tests to ensure you get it right, just your own sense of right and wrong, patience, and understanding. Caleb, you are on the right track, good luck to you and don't worry if you fall off track every once in a while. Kids are resilient and will understand and love you even when you don't get it right.

  • FabulousBeastJewels

    stephanie wagstaff from FabulousBeastJewels said 4 years ago

    Thanks Caleb, I'm sitting at my computer, stupid with lack of sleep as our youngest hasn't slept well for some weeks. Your piece has reminded me of some basic but oh so important things to remain mindful of....and couldn't agree more with you Niraj Lama :) Happy new year to you all :)

  • whitneydahlin

    Whitney Dahlin from RusticDeSIGNS1 said 4 years ago Featured

    These are great. I don't have kids of my own (though I do have two nephews), but I could absolutely implement these resolutions into my daily life. I think a lot of us need to take note of these to make our families and other loved ones more of a priority in our lives. I cannot think of a single person that I know who wouldn't benefit from these tips. :)

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 4 years ago

    Thank you for another essential article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing? I have a presentation incoming week, and I am on the lookout for such information.

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    When we had our children I thought, “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” By Junior High I thought, “Jump and build your parachute on the way down.” By the time they graduated High School I thought, “It may be that my whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others”. Happy New Year y’all and remember, “A New Years resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

  • DuncanCreekCrafts

    DuncanCreekCrafts from DuncanCreekCrafts said 4 years ago

    Great resolutions that even we older folks should remember. Thanks for sharing them. Best wishes to you and your young family in the coming year!

  • nudeedudee

    Kim Stewart from nudeedudee said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article. I will try my very best to show my little one compassion and patience, and teach her how to bestow that upon others. And the need to unplug....Gosh it's become quite the routine for me and my fiancee to "work" on the computers for most of the day!! We need to set a limit.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome resolutions and great article!

  • Sydneyanne

    Sydneyanne from Sydneyjos said 4 years ago

    Excellant article.. love reading the blog..

  • Shanay8625

    Shanay Worthy from ShanaysCreation said 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. Happy New Year!!!

  • inturquoisesky

    asu from THEFAIRYTHINGS said 4 years ago

    Great... Seems not easy when talking, but children will reward you in the shortest time and you will see how gorgeous it is... Thanks for sharihg...

  • inturquoisesky

    asu from THEFAIRYTHINGS said 4 years ago

    ..sharing... Thanks....

  • SimplySleek

    SimplySleek from SimplySleek said 4 years ago

    Great post, its so real and honest. I actually appreciate this one a lot out of all the ones I have read on Etsy. Many times we forget the basics about family and this puts it in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 4 years ago

    Nice!

  • dustyjubilee

    Tonya from DustyJubilee said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this from a father's point of view. It's very refreshing to read what a lot of men keep hidden inside. This will find its way into my husband's "in box." And thank you to Etsy for making this all possible. Happy New Year!

  • iowajewel

    julie macneil from iowajewel said 4 years ago

    i love number 3! even though my daughter is grown up, thankfully it was before all this internet 24/7 - i still need to do this more. having a shop on line is hard because the door never closes. i want to learn balance and step away from my computer and back in to real life. great post!

  • StudioDR

    Ducky Rubin from StudioDjewelry said 4 years ago

    I practice the first 4 resolutions, but not sure about the 5th. My family is a source of support for my art and for who I am. I thank them often and support them too, but it never feels enought. Thank you for a family-loving post. Happy New Year, Ducky :)

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 4 years ago

    Spot on!Great post!Happy New Year!

  • allthingswhite

    Kathi from allthingswhite said 4 years ago

    you are a wise man. while my kids are grown I feel like these are words to live by in all of our relationships. thank you

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 4 years ago

    ...Yeah, I don't have any kids...but I'm going to try to keep these tips in mind when dealing with my cats. :)

  • jmeckstein613

    Joelle Eckstein from ChezJoelle said 4 years ago

    Love the "live the moment" !

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your ideas...will strive to do the same:)

  • jenbee60

    Jennifer from MaisonetteVintage said 4 years ago

    Excellent post. Thank you!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    Fabulous words and ideas to live by! It's always nice to have reminders about how important it is to focus as well as focus our love and attention on our children and spouse. With so much input and so much to do, it's easy to forget the distractions and instead focus on the people. I remind myself often about the fact that I will not have my daughter so close and impressionable forever so I want to make the most of every minute, not just to shower her with love but also teach her all the important things about being a great person!

  • artisticdrama

    Joy Boardman from artisticdrama said 4 years ago

    I think these are great tips for any relationship. I always try to apply tips like these to my relationship with my mom. It's so hard sometimes to express your love and care to those who mean so much to you. Thank you for these reminders to take the time to really love!

  • oceangirlcollection

    Elke Fontillo from oceangirlcollection said 4 years ago

    This is such a super cool article- I will definitely try to practice this this year with my young one- they are young for such a short time. Such gentle reminders of things we know deep down and yet forget to do- or be- goes a long way. Thank you Caleb

  • oceangirlcollection

    Elke Fontillo from oceangirlcollection said 4 years ago

    I love that this is coming from a Man- a husband- a Dad!- great example to all-

  • 711laurakay

    Laura Kay from diarysketches said 4 years ago

    so sweet!!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 4 years ago

    very nice

  • StampsbySachi

    Sachiko Greene from StampsbySachi said 4 years ago

    Caleb, Thank you so much for using my stamp image here so that I could come to this wonderful article! I always thought about #3...and failed so many times. Since I make my stamps at home using PC, I am excusing myself in front of PC because I'm working. However, if I keep doing it, they grow up thinking PC&Phones must be super interesting because Mum and Dad are always checking at! I should remind myself the time with kids won't come back in future. Yes, I think it's the time for me to start being away from gadgets in front of my kids...Thank you for giving me a chance to think about!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    Very good resolutions, best wishes for success as you live by them. There is really no substitute for spending time with kids, whether doing chores and household activities, or playing games, or watching them in sports or recitals, or reading bedtime stories. They learn from our example as much as our direct teaching. Giving love and attention to our children is our gift to them and to the world.

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 4 years ago

    It is reassuring so many of us struggle with the same things. I love the way you've broken these points down. Stepping away from the computer now, but had to say thank you.

  • felixcat1626

    Louise Wilson said 4 years ago

    Caleb, thank you so much for putting the 'things that matter' into perspective. I especially love the 'being in the moment' and dropping the technology gadgets (so to speak) @the door. Happy New Year to you and your family. It is definately reassuring to to read your article on "good parenting" as opposed to "perfect parenting"!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 4 years ago

    Great thoughts to start the New Year. Nothing more important than family and our children:)

  • ulovejewelry

    Universal Love Jewelry from ULoveJewelry said 4 years ago

    Love checking devices at the door and not picking them up until the kids are asleep..awesome!!

  • seventhfloordesign

    seventhfloordesign from SeventhFloorDesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome! thank you !

  • joliefemme

    Diana from joliefemme said 4 years ago

    I completely agree! This is the only youth your kids have and wouldn't it be great to look back and see the love and dedication your parents had for you and life? People need to actively practice gratitude for what they have right now because you never know about the future.

  • LisaFirke

    Lisa Firke from LisaFirke said 4 years ago

    My favorite parenting mantra: "Catch them being good."

  • vintageseller5912

    vintageseller5912 from starlightstar said 4 years ago

    be more smiles then live happily side

  • LexLuxe

    Alexis Russell from LexLuxe said 4 years ago

    very enlightening. thank you for that.

  • HappyWhoos

    Jessie Friedman from HappyWhoos said 4 years ago

    Wonderful resolutions!

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 4 years ago

    So nice

  • kvolle62

    Kevin Volle from ChloesMosaics said 4 years ago

    Even if you aren't a parent, those 5 points applied to yourself and those around you will make life much more wonderful for everyone.

  • QsGoodies

    Q from QsGoodies said 4 years ago

    Beautiful reminders of what really matters! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

  • debjward

    debjward said 4 years ago

    My oldest is starting community college next month at 16! As a homeschooling mom I worried about all your points and now I know to relax more and that I was successful in preparing my son for his future. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • LittleSewPeep1

    D. P. from LittleSEWPeepShop said 4 years ago

    Love this, thank you!

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 4 years ago

    Bring on the New Year

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 4 years ago

    Nice article about what really matters.

  • ellabellamay

    Ursula Goetz from ellabellamay said 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you for your insightful post about what really matters in life!

  • allisonmooney

    Allison Mooney from allisonmooney said 4 years ago

    I love the post! We welcomed our second little lady earlier this year and it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride at times - it's great to read your post and think of some ways to incorporate your resolutions in with our own. Happy New Year to you and hopes for a happy and healthy New Year to everyone!

  • tashireese

    Tashi Reese said 4 years ago

    I am printing this and posting it on the fridge for all to see! Awesome resolution and great inspiration for any family!!!!

  • PomLove

    Kirsten Hadley from PomLove said 4 years ago

    yep. so good. one of my biggest resolutions is to not be on my phone when the kids are around... big bad habit of mine and there's no reason for it. instagram can wait! thanks for the good reminders.

  • anandi

    Anandi from anandi said 4 years ago

    I needed to read this today as we've had our share of 3yo tantrums and have a 3 month old as well. Thanks Etsy and Caleb!

  • imeondesign

    Noemi from imeondesign said 4 years ago

    This is just the kind of article I needed to read. I had been jotting down my new year's resolutions and my top priorities fall in line with what you have mentioned here. I have been putting my phone in my office and have asked my husband that he not have his at the dinner table. We have begun playing board games on Sundays when my brother-in-law comes over for dinner. It's taken a while to get to this point, but I'm glad it's happening now and not when my kids are teens.

  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 4 years ago Featured

    Those are great resolutions! My parental resolution for my 2 1/2 year old is to accept and foster his interests every day and to provide opportunities for growth. His passions change with the wind but I love how focused he can be on his love of the day. My resolution for my 5 month old is to continue to get to know who he is as a person. When he was born and they announced he was a boy I thought I knew what he would look and act like (picturing his older brother) but the moment he was placed in my arms I was proven wrong. This new little creature slipped into my heart. My boys couldn't be more different in looks or personality and it is such fun!

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin said 4 years ago

    Great resolutions for parents!

  • stonehorsedesigns

    stonehorsedesigns from stonehorsedesigns said 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • RaisingGreenKids

    Dorinda from RaisingGreenKids said 4 years ago

    You seem to have a great perspective on family life. My children are a little bit older and having "game night" and "Sunday dinner" are fun ways to have quality family time.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    I have to admit that I am so glad all of this technology was not present while I was raising my children. Many things were just coming in to play. I think it is much harder now, since many have cell phones, i-pods, i-pads, etc....It make real communication harder. Everyone seems to communicate through devices...Good for you to see this as an issue, and make attempts to check them at the door. Personal communication and focus is so important....Communicate with your children.....Hopefully, they will communicate with you and keeps doing so as they grown up!

  • giftpurchaser

    giftpurchaser said 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Words to live by. Brought tears to my eyes. Happiness in 2013 to all! Parent of two boys. Thank you!!!!! Well said.

  • SarahsTreasures

    Sarah Ditzler said 4 years ago Featured

    Thanks for articulating what I've been feeling so much lately. It can be so hard to balance quality family time with quality alone time, but I don't want to blink and miss my chance to be present with my children. This is also great advice for marriage and other relationships, thank you.

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 4 years ago

    Wonderful resolutions! Live life to the fullest and help everyone around you do the same. You're making the world a better place, thank you!

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 4 years ago Featured

    I like that you included the DFW quote. I'm a former student of his, and found those words inspiring as well. I'm in the process of deciding whether to start a family. If we do, I hope to share some of your strategies for communicating values to your children through actions. Thank you for this insightful article.

  • zincfineart

    Elizabeth from zincfineart said 4 years ago

    Spoken like a true parent!! Thank you for taking the time and passing along everyday ways to be a practical loving parent! Actually working on #1 lately but going to apply all 5 . . .for a lifetime! Happy New Year to You!

  • CharmedByWine

    Mary from CharmedByWine said 4 years ago

    Definitely some great advice and insight -- even for those who don't have kids! As a newlywed in a tech-loving family.....its SO easy to get caught up and distracted. Maybe thats why I love making wine charms -- it helps me relax, move away from gadgets, (and drink wine!) ....and best of all -- they're attention getters and conversation starters at parties!

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa said 4 years ago

    Great advice. For me I only made one resolution so it is harder to avoid and make excuses. MIne is SPEED UP. I am a lover of life, I don't just stop and smell the roses, I write a poem, make a painting, and stop and remember how great the rose is. This sloooooooows me down so much. I know my weakness is that I do things to slow and am always trying to make things perfect.

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios said 4 years ago

    great advice, thanks for sharing!

  • looploft

    lisa siebert from looploft said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for including my AWESOME PRINT Caleb! I am glad parenting never ends...mine are 21, 18 and 15 and as sad as it is that I am now the 'shortest' in the family, it is a fun adventure seeing all the early years paying off :)

  • juliannaeller

    Julianna Eller from Rockabybabys said 4 years ago

    Great advice! What an amazing father you must be, Caleb. Its so great to see a Dad taking parenting so seriously. Thank you!

  • RomanyMom

    RomanyMom from GypsySecrets said 4 years ago

    Great resolutions. We should try to always be mindful in all things. The conquest of Karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response. God bless!

  • DirtyRags

    Mya from DirtyRags said 4 years ago

    So glad I found your blog. Such wise, yet simple principles to abide by with your family. Life is only getting more fast paced and distracting that it's VITAL that parents make conscious decisions regarding their loved ones. As a new parent, I appreciate your words and ability to self-reflect. It is a great reminder and something to talk with my own husband about. Thank you!!!

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