One of our family's favorite parts of 2016 was listening to the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, so often that we all have it memorized. It's been a soundtrack to this sometimes crazy year, and it will continue to be so well into the future. We are excited to see the show in Chicago in the first few days of 2017, and feel grateful for such an amazing start to the new year.
With that in mind, I decided that for 2017 this I would make new year's resolutions about parenting inspired by Hamilton/.
1. "Talk less."
I'm a talker. I'd love to share the wisdom I've learned and help my teen avoid making the same mistakes I've made. I know, I'm hilarious.
My chattiness can be the kiss of parenting death. This year, I'm going to focus on keeping my mouth shut, offering advice only when asked.
2. "Smile more" and remember "how lucky we are to be alive right now."
I want to model for my teen what it looks like to be a happy adult. And while things may seem bleak, there is always something worth smiling about. The world feels tumultuous, but we really are so very lucky to be alive right now.
I'm also going to be sure to smile at my teen, to be sure she knows what I like about her. Teens aren't easy, but they can be witty and insightful and interesting in ways that are unique to this age group. Those are all reasons to smile, and to be grateful.
I resolve to focus on gratitude and share that with my teen.
I love the Schuyler sisters' "Work!" We talk a lot in our house about the importance of, and value in, hard work.
This year, I resolve to make sure my teen knows that I am working hard, what that looks like, and why that's satisfying. I feel like sometimes we make adulthood appear to be a slog, and that the hard work is brings isn't bad. It's an opportunity, and something to celebrate.
While that may be because we want our kids to enjoy the freedom and lack of responsibility, we also need them to know that adulthood and the work that comes with it, are good too, as pointed out in this piece in the Washington Post.
4. "We’ll fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it.”
There's a lot of forward thinking that comes with teens, especially in terms of the college search. While that's necessary, I'm going to really stay in the moment with my teen. I know our time together is limited, and I'm not throwing away my shot.
Hopefully I can stick with these resolutions I'll be able to lay a strong enough foundation for my teen and it will be an amazing year for my family.
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