We know we can't stop you from making New Year's resolutions no matter how many times we tell you you're fabulous enough. So we decided to share our top 12 parenting resolutions that are worth keeping this year.
No More Keeping Up with the Joneses
Kid culture can be crazy. Mortgaging the house for the latest high-tech nasal aspirator might sound like madness, but it's easy to get swept away seeing everyone else so well equipped. (We're talking about you, iPad mini.) And don't even get us started on the preschool educational products that promise a smart baby. Your baby is already smart -- they picked you as a parent, right? (Tell me more)
No More Super-Mom Syndrome
Lighten up, sister. Consuming yourself with keeping a super-clean house, the kids cutely dressed and yourself a model of excellent grooming, you'll probably lose sight of what's really important or really funny when it comes to enjoying your kids. They won't remember the clean counters, but they will remember your belly laughs as they ran around the room naked. (Tell me more)
No More Germaphobia
Having kids means getting used to being bugged all the time. Not just for another glass of milk or to find the banana they left in their room last week (what?). We mean the kind of bugs that leave all of you sick for a week. Kids will get ill. Sanitize and take the reasonable steps, but don't foster a fear of the potential dangers of all people, surroundings and surfaces. (Tell me more)
There are so many more resolutions you need to keep. Read on for the rest of our 12 Parenting Resolutions to Keep in 2013.
“She [Apple] is cross because I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish. When I’m in Paris, I go to Boulevard Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons," Gwyneth <a href="http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/gwyneth-paltrow-no-more-children-babies-working-mum-cant-have-it-all-125611877.html">told UK's InStyle</a>.
“Some women can do it and that’s fantastic, but I can’t. You make choices as a wife and mother, don’t you? You can’t have it all. I don’t care what it looks like," she said in the same interview.
"We got downstairs and I made him a quick breakfast of eggs and toast followed by a spoonful of lemon flavored flax oil that I try to remember to give them both every morning," she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/13/gwyneth-paltrow-gives-adv_n_808446.html">wrote on GOOP</a> last year.
Another <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/13/gwyneth-paltrow-gives-adv_n_808446.html">GOOP tip</a>: "The kids indulge in a super sugary cupcake before bed but I don’t feel too bad because they had a brown rice stir fry for dinner with baked sweet potato on the side. It’s all about balance!"
"I always <a href="http://goop.com/journal/see/112/a-day-in-the-life">lay the kids' uniforms</a> and school things out the night before once they are asleep. When it’s quiet I can check the 'kid list' for show and tell items to bring in, consent forms, ballet kit, etc, so that the morning is less of a scramble."
"I'll probably get kicked out of our school for admitting this, but I let Apple stay home yesterday. I just needed to be with her," Gwyneth <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/19/gwyneth-paltrow-in-good-h_n_811152.html">told Good Housekeeping</a> last year. "We went out to lunch, we went to the beauty salon, we were together."
"Motherhood has taught me mindfulness. If you just parent on instinct, you'll screw your kid up for life. You have to be so mindful," she said in that interview.
"We all get into the tub together," she<a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/cover/gwyneth-paltrow-interview-0312#slide-1"> told Harper's Bazaar</a>.
“When I’m tired, when my chips are down – that’s when I don’t parent the way that I want to parent. I can get impatient and at the end of my rope…. And I hate that and I hate feeling out of control, even if I’m just saying, 'That’s enough!' Like, I can’t deal. It’s not the way that I would aspire to be. But then I think, I do really believe that part of our job is to equip them for the world. And we can’t make everything okay for them, we can’t take away all of their suffering. It’s not good for them," she said on <a href="http://blogs.babycenter.com/celebrities/06232012-gwyneth-paltrow-talks-parenting-fails-s-e-x/"><em>In Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet</em></a>.
"Every woman can make time — every woman — and you can do it with your baby in the room," she <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20603375_5,00.html">said in 2010</a>. "There have been countless times where I've worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work, and if it's important to you, it'll be important to them."
"I do feel so guilty and, like, <em>What am I doing?</em> but I also want them to know work is really fun for me — 'Hey, look what I get to do!' As opposed to feeling like, <em>Oh, I'm a terrible mother</em>. Because that really just doesn't get you anywhere. It doesn't get them anywhere,'" she told Good Housekeeping.