Parenting Goals {2013}

by Amy on January 7, 2013

Parenting Goals {2013} | Let's Explore

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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