2016 was a busy year for me.ย  The blog turned into an ecommerce website and since then things have been too hectic.

And then I got pregnant. My positive parenting went for a toss every now and then with my toddler clinging on to my legs or him stuck to me in the name of breastfeeding. Blame it on my hormones ๐Ÿ™‚

We all strive to be better parents every day, donโ€™t we? ย So do I.No matter how hard my previous day was, I try to wipe them off and start afresh the next day. Sometimes I lose my cool even before my morning cup of tea. There are days I behave like a Zen parent, those are far and few in between. I am going to assume that it is a typical mom trait.

With the New Year approaching I wanted to have better goals?

I am not really 100% sure if I would be able to stick to all my goals, but I would at least give it a shot and achieve at least 50% by the end of 2017 ๐Ÿ™‚

There are going to be loads of testing moments, now that I could pop my second baby anytime now.

To cut to the chase. What are my parenting goals?

Be a positive parent:

I am not someone who is blessed with patience as a virtue. This year I am going to keep calm no matter what and try to pass the positive vibes to my folks at home. In the last few years I have realized that when I am all happy the family stays happy. Basically, I am the lighthouse in our home and my family mirrors my mood. I am going to look on the funny bright side even in worst case scenarios ๐Ÿ™‚

Reduce expenditures and save some:

I intend to go minimalistic this year. There would be more of recycling and reusing when it comes to clothes, accessories, toys and books as well. Basically, think multiple times before I shop to bring home new stuff for my kids. That is going to be challenging, but the shopaholic in me needs to have a check ๐Ÿ™‚

Reduce screen time for toddler:

I have observed that screen time makes my lil boy aggressive. He clearly doesnโ€™t understand time limits yet and we do not have a stop clock or anything (I doubt if it would even work for us). That leaves us with him watching TV or phones till he dozes off. It is usually a power struggle to switch off the TV and distract him to a toy or book. By that time, I am blaming myself a hundred times for giving the TV remote to him which I wish was not done in the first place. Yes, so screen time it is that we are going to closely monitor.

Have a schedule set:

Okay a deep dark truth revelation moment, we do not have a schedule for my son. Neither I have a schedule nor my husband. We wake up when we cannot tolerate the sun peeping inside our room anymore and sleep when we are fully exhausted to even move an arm. I would like to have a proper bedtime and wakeup time. That should definitely put us in a schedule. I would like to stick to bath before lunch and a park time in the evening. No rigid time plans but I would nevertheless like to try ๐Ÿ™‚

Conscious clean eating:

Intend to not skip breakfast and have a balanced diet. To cut down coffee is something I really have to do this year.

More hands free moments:

I spent a lot of my time on my phone last year, trying to be available to most of my customers and mom support groups. This year around, I am uninstalling all the apps from my phone and will try managing them from my laptop. Working on a laptop would give a dedicated time for my online work and help me be mindful with my kids when I am with them.

Be punctual to school:

I am not really proud to say this. My son is almost late to school every day. Every single day. I hate to wake up early and my son follows suit. This year I would like to wake up before him and get some simple breakfast ready and give him that extra time to get ready.

Taking care of myself:

Like they say, you cannot pour from an empty cup. I plan to take care of myself, sleep and eat well and do more trips this year ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers to you all. You guys have a happy, joyous and prosperous year too ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: I am flawed and imperfect. Please do not judge me from what I have written above ๐Ÿ™‚