What Are Your Hopes and Goals for Your Kids in the New Year?

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

With 2013 coming to a close, it's time to reflect upon the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year and set new ones for the year to come.  Every year I hold myself accountable to my goals for the upcoming year by blogging about them. In previous years, I have even included a few parenting goals and hopes for my boys. Since being a mom is such a huge part of my everyday life, I feel it's an important aspect to reflect upon.  

This past year my role as a mother has continued to grow, as I welcomed my third son into our family.  Juggling my time between a preschooler, toddler, and infant has been challenging and so exciting.  Now that I have fully adjusted to life with three kids, I can focus on setting specific parenting goals and hopes for my boys.  

In terms of parenting, I hope to give more hugs, lose my patience less, and keep reminding myself that they are this small just once.

My oldest son will be five in February, so I am going to work on teaching him how to write his first and last name, identify all the letters of the alphabet, and start learning some sight words, before the beginning of kindergarten.  My middle son will be three in April, so my hope for him is that he will potty learn at some point in the new year.  Finally, my goal for the baby, who is just six months, is to continue pumping for another six months while away at work and breastfeed for at least up to his first birthday.  Anything beyond that is an added bonus.  I also plan to introduce him to solid foods with baby led weaning.

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In terms of parenting, I hope to give more hugs, lose my patience less, and keep reminding myself that they are this small just once.   I also hope be in the picture with at least one of them once a week.  Since I am our family's photographer, I am very rarely in the frame.  I really want to change that.  

 I asked several bloggers what their hopes and goals were for their children in the coming year and here are some of the responses. 

Mandee Quinn of Mandee Fo Fanndee hopes to help her son, Ronin, grow his vocabulary in the new year. They will also be working on colors, ABCs, and numbers. She is excited to watch him grow during such a fun learning age! 

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Gloria Hinkley plans to teach her now six month old, Brayden, sign language.  She plans to use math games to help her older son Josh learn math concepts easier.  Her oldest child, Kaylee, is getting older, so Gloria is learning to accept that she is becoming a teen and it is okay to let her daughter do some things on her own.

Several bloggers including Candice, Jess, and Heather, plan to dedicate the next year to The Orange Rhino Challenge, which is 365 days of no yelling.

What are your hopes, dreams, and goals for your children in 2014? 

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What Are Your Hopes and Goals for Your Kids in the New Year?

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Lisa says:

    For the New Year, I hope to have Gracie potty trained by her 3rd birthday in February, and bottle broke by tomorrow. She wouldn’t give them up, so I just got rid of them last night and Santa left her a bunch of big girl cups. I hope this works, I have tried giving her cups for the past year and she wouldn’t have anything to do with them, that’s why I just got rid of them in the middle of the night. Now they are gone.

    I hope she continue to thrive in her Preschool program, and gets transferred from the Early Headstart to Headstart soon.

    I hope that her sight continues to improve, although it cant get much better. She has ONH. The ophthalmologist was amazed that the sight in her left eye actually changed from 20/100 to 20/60 this year. So now I can hope that the sight in her right eye will also improve to anything at all. I have been giving her a supplement of toddler formula and will continue to do so until age 5, this has to be the reason her sight improved. But that’s only my opinion, no fact behind the statement.

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