As the clock quickly approaches December 31st I'm sure all of us have given some thought to ways we can improve this new year.

The average New Years resolution is often circled around longs hours at the gym or attempting to quit that pesky habit – we all have them. But let's be honest, how often do those last? 

Letting go of all the superficial and often "you" focused resolutions, I thought what a great idea it would be to explore other avenues of my life that may need enrichment. This year I decided to focus more on changes that will not only help improve my parenting but that will also feed my spirit.

Here are some tips on how to turn your typical New Years resolutions to something much more substantial and heart warming.

Attending church
Trust me, I know how hard it is to actually muster the strength to get up, get the kids dressed, and make it to church. Sometimes it's easier to just shrug it off and plan for next Sunday.

What I found was that, making God a focal point in not only my life but in the life of my family was the best thing I could do. 

Listen to your children
There was a wonderful quote I read not too long, it said something along the lines of "If you don't listen to your kids now they won't tell you the big stuff when they're older, because to them all of it has been big stuff."

That quote really rang true to me. I completely understand the days where you just want to tune them out and hand them an ipad but try and remember that they're only young once and they only have one "you". The fact that they want to share every little thing with you should make you flattered and actually put a little smile on your face :)

Don't ignore yourself
Being a parent is such a blessing but it is also exhausting. After packing lunches, homework, and pretty much putting the children and your home first, you're left running on empty and just wanting to take a few minutes to relax. 

Some parents think that taking care of yourself means a "lot of time" but it actually doesn't. Instead of grabbing that latte to-go, how about you treat yourself to 20min inside of the cafe. It's the little things that can make a huge difference. 

YOU are the head of the home. Take care of that head and body!