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A Better Parent in 2014?

January 1st, 2014

By: Tammi Roy

The new year is synonymous with resolutions. Promises made to better your life, heath and happiness - usually in the form of diet and exercise. Yet my top role in life is being a parent, and my vow for 2014 is to become a better one. 'Better' being a loose term, since we all have specific areas we know we could be improved.

One way is to take a step back and try to see things through your child's eye. With clear vision, there could be aspects of yourself and the way you parent, that could most definitely use some fine-tuning.

So, I hereby vow to make a conscious effort to most importantly, have more patience. I am a person that explodes when pushed to my limits and with 3 kids {a job and house to manage}, that limit is frequently tested. To work on patience, I will train myself to think before speaking, even simply walking away more often to regain composure and balance before acting.

I know it's a lot of work, and easier said than done. Yet, I believe that it's not impossible to find that place inside of me, where all my patience lived, before my kids existed. I will find you, old friend!

With the busy schedule and jam-packed days, I've mastered the art of multitasking. Perhaps the day you become a parent is also a time when you graduate from juggling school. The to-do list increases tenfold yet we aren't allotted more time on the clock. Yet, multitasking took a toll in one parenting aspect - listening.

It's true that I often find myself cooking dinner while going over homework with a child, making school lunches in between pot stirring while also on the phone making dental appointments. All of a sudden I realize that I've agreed to something my other child said, without even realizing it. Wait, they were in the room as well?

Some people and at certain times - should have your complete undivided attention. Teaching myself to put down all the balls in my hand, just for a while, will make me a better parent. Other things will fall into place as well, including respect.

Looking at my small and attainable list of parenting resolutions for 2014, I can't help but notice something. With many making huge promises to themselves this time of year, perhaps the key to success is taking smaller steps.

Being more relaxed, calm, and attentive will benefit child and myself with each moment I find success. Perhaps all those failed resolutions of years past will all fall into place once my inner self is at more balance and the parent-child relationships are in check.

What is one thing that would make you a better parent for 2014?

Tammi is the mom of three girls (twins plus one) and is passionate about photography, food and travel (with luck, all at once). Her thoughts on parenthood and all the chaos in between can be found on her popular parenting blog, My Organized Chaos. While has been widely recognized as a leading Canadian woman in social media, she is an ordinary mom often found pacing the kitchen wondering what to cook for dinner.

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