It’s a new year and we have either thought about or made some resolutions. As a parent you have probably resolved to yell less, remind less, keep a routine, allow your child to be more responsible for himself, be more encouraging, etc. All this sounds good but I can tell you that parenting is not rational, so even though you know in your head what you need to do to bring more peace to your family, your emotions kick in and your resolutions go out the window. Then you feel guilty, make it up to your child and the cycle begins again.

Breaking a pattern is not easy. So, let’s break it down into some manageable steps.