Parenting Goals {2013}

by Amy on January 7, 2013

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Happy 2013! I hope your year is off to a great start. We are starting slowly, thanks to a cold making its way around our family.

I do love the freshness of a new year. I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and jotting down some goals and intentions for 2013. I thought I would share my parenting goals with you. If you have made a family or parenting-related goal for the new year, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Revamp our read-aloud time.

During the last half of 2012, our read-aloud time really took a dive. Both of my girls are skilled and voracious readers, so there was no lack of reading in our house. More often than not, though, the girls were begging for a few more minutes to read their own books at bedtime, instead of us piling onto the bed or couch together.

Reading aloud to older kids is just as important as it is when they are young, in my opinion. Plus, it really is something we all enjoy! So, this year, I’m committed to finding time for reading-aloud with my girls everyday. I’m bringing back the lunchtime read-aloud, which my girls adore. We’ll also make sure to leave enough time for bedtime reading (together and independent) on most nights.

We’re having great fun putting together an ambitious, but doable, read aloud list for 2013, which I’ll share with you soon!

Take more photos of our everyday life.

When my girls were younger, it seems like I took photos of everything – toys they played with, hiding spots in the backyard, eating a favorite meal. Looking over our photos of last year, I didn’t find as many of those everyday moments as I would have liked to. As a blogger for many years now, I am in the habit of photographing projects, but I want to get back to capturing the little moments, too.

So, I’ll be pulling out the camera more, looking for bits of our everyday life to remember – favorite reading spots, beds piled with stuffed animals, kid-made lunches, dirty shoes, never-ending laundry piles, etc.

Keep space in our day for connecting.

This is a reminder to keep many of our days slow. Slow enough for things like cooking together, chatting on long walks, extra snuggles at bedtime, unplanned trips to the library, backyard picnics, and all the little things that are the real treasures of our family life. It’s also a reminder to step away from the computer and the to-do lists, and play, visit, create, or just hang out with my girls.

{Project 52: Stay Awake}

Here’s something that fits in perfectly with my parenting goals for the year – Shawn at Awesomely Awake has just started a year-long series, {Project 52: Stay Awake}. Each week she’ll be posting a prompt to inspire mindful parenting, paired with a photography tip and prompt from Beryl Ayn Young. I love this idea and can’t wait to incorporate it into my weeks this year. The first prompt is all about sleep – my sleep habits could definitely use some work!

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I would love to support you in your parenting goals this year. Share your intentions in the comments (or contact me privately), and I’ll share my two-cents in an upcoming post.

Wishing you and your family a playful 2013!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb @ Home life simplified January 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

funny enough those are exactly my 3 goals for this year with my family as well – we are also missing the read aloud time as at almost 8 and 91/2 they can get lost in a book on their own. My 7 year old’s teacher really reminded us last year that it is still important to keep the read aloud AND picture books (so rich in both images and text and often overlooked by kids once they become fluent readers). We are such a book household I let it slip away last year as we would all be sitting reading loads it felt ok, but it is really a great connection when we work our way through a book together xx

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Amy January 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Yes, I’m definitely missing that time of connecting over a great story – my girls are 8 and 10, so sounds like we’ve been experiencing similar things! We’re kicking of the year with a fun chapter book – Nanny Piggins. :) Thanks for taking the time to chime in!

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Laura January 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

love your goals and how well they fit my renewed intentions, too. Too often in the past few months, my girls and I got a bagful of library books, but didn’t make time to read them all. So, not only do I plan to visit the library more regularly, but also to include more time in our day to read together. Thanks for sharing your goals, they are inspiring!

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Amy January 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Yay for more reading – we’ll be rooting you on! My husband is always surprised by how many books we check out – we can’t help it, there’s just too many good ones. :)

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Shawn January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thrilled to see you on board for Project 52 Amy!!! Happy New Year to you. I’m with you on these goals as well. I feel like suddenly I have too many goals but, really, I just feel as shift internally and that this is going to be a big year for big changes.

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JoannaTopazT January 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I’m still working on goals for the year, but I, too feel a need to revitalize the read-alouds. My daughter is starting to read on her own now. We’re still reading aloud to her, but it’s mostly books she picks out. That’s good to an extent, but I’d like to include some intentional picks that she should be exposed to and enjoy as well — there’s only so much information a suburban six-year-old needs about how to raise horses. :) We’re also trying to do better at prayer life as a family; and I feel like I’ve kind of dropped off the “cooking with the kid” bandwagon as well, and need to get back on.

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