01/10/2013 08:11 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Savvy Parenting Resolutions to Keep in 2013


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.

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