Say Cheese! And Other Parenting Resolutions for 2013

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Happy New Year! It's time to make resolutions. Or goals. Or whatever you want to call them. Last year, I made some parenting resolutions for 2012, and minus the whole photo book thing, I think I did rather well. As such, I thought I'd go ahead and set some parenting goals for 2013.

Teach the Boys About Giving, Both Time and Money

TEN DOLLARS!

I think that both boys are old enough to understand the concepts behind charitable giving of money and the donation of our time and efforts. Like the concept behind the 52 acts of kindness we featured yesterday, I'd really like 2013 to be a year focused on giving in our family. We already do through our city's Secret Santa program and through our church and other charities, but it's more of a This Is What the Adults Do And We Make You Tag Along type of thing. I hope to change that in 2013, asking the boys what they'd like to do or donate to and involving them in the whole process.

Take More Pictures

Booey learning to use BB's camera.

Perhaps this sounds weird coming from me, but it's really a parenting goal in 2012. I slacked, big time, with the big camera in 2012. I took a lot, but still not as many, iPhone photos, but I ignored my DSLR. I missed capturing moments of my boys. It's unlike me and I'd like to change that, to capture more of our year and our family life. (Never has this been more evident than in a post with two Instagram photos (one this year, one 2011) and one "real" photo from 2008. Oops?)

Go to Ten New Places with the Boys

They've been waiting for bumper cars forever. #besttuesdayever

As a family, we love to travel, both outside of our state and within the state which we call home. I'd like to specifically and intentionally seek out ten new places that we haven't previously traveled with the boys and go to those place. I'd like to have ten new experiences with them, to watch them explore something new ten times. I don't just mean someone's house. I mean intentional, requires a little bit of planning and forethought but maybe not a lot of money (though, some can, of course) types of trips. Big or small. 10 minutes or 10 hours. I want travel and new experiences to always be a part of our family life and I want to be intentional about it this year. Do you have any suggestions for family travel in 2013?

Now it's your turn: Do you have any parenting resolutions or goals for the new year? Please share!

 

Family/Moms & Events Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land.

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