Slow down, avoid being negative, go outside, be more grateful, health is a priority, stay connected, be more present, stop trying to do it all and ask for help, get enough sleep, work on your patience, put the phone down, say “no” to things you can’t handle, stop feeling guilty about leaving the baby every day, spend time with your partner, adopt “me time” into your schedule, make experiences and memories, eat healthier, declutter the house, be positive, start family traditions and stop bitching about the messes are some of the awesome new year resolutions for new moms.
We love the clean slate of a brand-new year. For new moms, you have a lot to do. Make a promise to be a more patient, present, and imaginative parent. It’s important to take a step back and to reflect. Think about what would make your relationship with your children even more meaningful. What could be more important, after all?
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It took nine months for your body to change, grow, and birth a baby. Your body won’t go back to ‘normal’ in a matter of days. Give yourself permission to let your body heal.
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Avoid being negative
Your body goes through a lot of changes and it’s okay. Just focus on the positives, meditate, relax, go out and bond with your baby. Bonding and being positive are also very important for the baby’s health.
Even in the winter, when it is cold and blustery, the fresh air and sunshine can help to lift a bad mood. You might get out on your own or take your baby with you, but spending time outdoors every day is a good goal for everyone.
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Be more grateful
Make a deep connection and enjoy the little things: like how cute your baby looks asleep.
Health is a priority
The first several months of a child’s life are perhaps the most crucial for their development into healthy individuals. As is the mother’s health after such an ordeal. Go for regular checkups (for both the baby and the mother).
Just because you have a child doesn’t mean you forget about your friends, family and others who play a role in your life. Make an effort to spend time with others, it gives you a break from your hectic life and to let the people who care about you to help out.
Be more present
Trust me, otherwise you’ll miss the little moments. Be there for your baby’s firsts.
Stop trying to do it all and ask for help
While the new little dictator in your life might be calling the shots, you don’t need to do everything on your own — get comfortable with delegating tasks to others.
Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation is the hallmark of new parenthood, right? It doesn’t have to be. Give yourself permission to take naps, go to bed early, or stay in bed until noon if it means you get enough sleep.
Work on your patience
Patience is a hard thing to keep up when you live in a crazy house and a crazy world. We can’t control everything and sometimes we lose control. It helps to have people that love you let you know that you need to take a look around and that this will pass.
Come up with a phrase to say to one another when you start to lose it. Such as; ‘let’s take 5 minutes to relax’.
Put the phone down
Don’t allow yourself to be distract from important moments and needs of your baby by your phone. Nothing is more important than spending as much time as possible, so put the phone on silent. It’s not that important.
Say “no” to things you can’t handle
It’s alright to refuse extra household work, evenings out or tasks. You’ve already got your hands full, you don’t need to tire yourself out unnecessarily.
Stop feeling guilty about leaving the baby every day
You should also be okay with leaving your baby with a caretaker or your spouse for a few hours everyday. You, as a mom, will need the time to rest and rejuvenate. There’s nothing wrong with making yourself a priority once in a while.
Spend time with your partner
Keeping the romance alive with your spouse is very important. If you don’t put the work into keeping your bond strong, then child rearing will take its toll on the relationship and cause a huge gap. Get dressed up every once in a while and treat yourselves to a fancy dinner and drinks. Parenting is no walk in the park, it’s better to do it with a happy partner.
Adopt “me time” into your schedule
Have a few hours every day dedicated to you; relax and treat yo’self. Getting rid of your stresses and clearing your head will make you renewed. After a mom afternoon, your patience is at maxed out. Ask your spouse to look after the kids for a while, take them out to a park or a playdate.
Make experiences and memories
Head out for an evening walk as a family, get to know your neighbors as you walk by, enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Go to your town’s holiday festivities. Check the paper or any website to see what is happening. Check out the local events or a concert. Look for interesting classes, maybe everyone can sign up for a class and learn something new. If you’re going to spend money on something, make it an adventure instead of toys. Take a trip to a water park instead of buying the latest toy. They’re much more likely to remember a day with family than a toy.
Focus on meal planning. Avoid going out. Get the sweets out of sight and go for healthy snacks to have around. When you’re eating well, you’re feeling well.
Declutter the house
Remove shit you don’t need, like extra clothes, furniture and make space for your child, the need it.
Try to find the silver lining in every situation. Look forward to something better. Take some deep breaths, figure out how to get out of your rut, figure out what you need, get help if you need it, and move up and move out!
Start family traditions
Start doing something special on each holiday, every few weeks, or once a week. Go out every weekend, celebrate festivals with family, go out to look at Christmas lights, every Thursday, have the kids choose and make dinner.
Stop bitching about the messes
Listen, the house is never gonna be clean until your mess-makers leave permanently. Bitching does nothing but raise the blood pressure of the entire household and male life extremely difficult. Fabulously fun and highly functional families often have very messy houses.