Resolve to hang out with your kids
My husband and I have a no-TV policy before our daughter goes to bed. It’s not that we necessarily don’t believe kids should ever watch television. We just want to maximize that two-hour window between when we all get home and when she goes down for the night. So this press release from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department caught my eye. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions they suggest families adopt this year as a way to improve quality time.
- Follow a routine. It’s easy for our daily routines to get lost over the holidays with the kids out of school, traveling and holiday celebrations. This can lead to increased stress. Make a resolution to return to your effective bedtime or morning routines (or create a new one if you don’t have one) in order to reduce stress and focus on positive interactions with your family.
- Praise your child for positive behavior. Many parents fall into the trap of focusing the majority of their attention and energy on a child’s misbehaviors and ignoring the positive behaviors.
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