New Year Resolutions For Moms

Happy New Year!! If you are anything like me, you are terrible at keeping New Year Resolutions. In fact I’m so bad, I generally make a resolution to NOT make any resolutions. Can’t be disappointed in yourself if you never make any, am I right? This year however, I thought I’d give it a whirl by making some mom friendly resolutions that all of us moms could work on. So, here are 10 fairly easy resolutions we moms can all do.

  1. Give each kid a hug and kiss every day even if they don’t want it. I know most of us probably do this anyway, but I also know that when kids hit the tween/teen age it might fall to the wayside.
  2. Cut yourself some slack. Remember moms, you are doing the best you can every day so don’t be so hard on yourself.
  3. Find some kind of exercise. Even if it’s a nightly walk around the block, some kind of exercise is good for you so do it!
  4. Deep breathe for a minute each day. My watch always tells me to do it and I generally ignore it. But, I think come 2019, I will actually do it. It is after all, only one minute.
  5. Find a hobby. If you don’t already have one, find one! See one of my recent blogs about the importance of “me time.”
  6. Read a book. Maybe that book that has been sitting on your shelf forever untouched. Or start a series with your kids. May I recommend the Harry Potter series? You can even combine your nightly walk with an audible book. It’s a win win!
  7. Have a monthly date night with your spouse or significant other. Even if it’s a special parent only dinner after the kids go to bed. Light those candles and make that left-over spaghetti extra special.
  8. Take time to chat with your best friend(s) in person if possible. An actual phone call is preferable if they live far away, but FaceTime, or a long string of text messages would be nice too.
  9. Try out a new recipe. I know my husband and I often get into a rut with food and rely on the same 5 dinners to get us through a week. But it’s always nice to try something new. Plus you never know what might make it into the rotation.
  10. Play with your kid(s) more often. I’m talking get on the ground and play with those cars or trains. Hop on that jungle gym. Shoot those basketball hoops. Stand in as a batter as they pitch to you. Have a mini dance party. Build that blanket fort in the living room. It’s way too easy to let them play solo while you cruise your phone, but a parenting day is infinitely more fun if you actually have some fun with them.  

Happy New Year moms!

Veronica DeSantos Ryan
Hi Austin mamas! I am Veronica DeSantos Ryan, a mama from Round Rock. My husband and I moved to the area in 2014 and love every minute of it. Our baby Oliver (May 2016) is the light of our life and we are enjoying every minute with him. After spending seven years teaching, I decided that I wanted to be a stay at home mom and teacher of life to my little boy. As a family we love running with Ollie in his jogger stroller, having picnics outside, playing with our two dogs and exploring all the the Austin area has to offer! I am also a performing princess for Lexi's Little Princesses Princess company, a teaching artist at The Georgetown Palace Theatre, and a member of the singing group The Vintage Dreams. I am an avid reader, piano player, singer, and occasional actress in community theater, and have recently been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More.


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