11 Jan

New Parent, New Year

Robert Nickell

Robert Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his "5 cents" worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddyscrubs.com, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the Daddyscrubs.com blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad's perspective.
Robert Nickell

I watched the New Year take its place as last year fizzled
out, and I realized, I still needed to make list of resolutions. As a parent,
and especially a new parent, deciding upon your New Year’s resolutions can be
tricky. And following through on those resolutions can be even harder.  

From my 25 years of experience as a daddy, I have compiled a
list of the resolutions that have really made a difference for me and my

New Year’s Resolution
1: To Be Patient

I know as well as anyone, that being a parent of small
children (and big kids too!) can often mean having a short fuse and saying
“no!” to simple requests, just out of frustration. Making an effort to take a
step back, be in the moment and look at a situation from our children’s
perspective will go a long way in helping us all to be a little more patient.  Our children (no matter what age) are
exploring, learning and growing everyday, and that’s certainly no easy feat.

New Year’s Resolution
2: To Just Be

Life as a parent can get a little crazy – to say the least.
I often feel I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to
keep up with everything – including my sanity. This year, take a moment to just
be; enjoy every second you get to spend with your child as these times are
fleeting, and before you know it they’ll be gone. Children are spectacular, so
cherish being a parent as often as possible.

New Year’s Resolution
3: To Take Time for Yourself

It can be difficult to take time out for yourself, as a
parent, but it is one of the most important things you can do. Plan out a “date
night” for you and your partner or a coffee meeting with a friend once a week
or month – whatever you can squeeze in. Taking time for you will make all the
difference in ensuring your child has a healthy, even-keeled parent[s] looking
out for them.

New Year’s Resolution
4: Trust In Yourself

It’s easy to second-guess what you’re doing as a parent.
Chances are, if you care enough to wonder or worry whether or not you’re doing
it right – you’re probably doing a pretty good job. Every parent is different,
so just focus on what is most important in your life, and try to hold onto that
vision every single day.

New Year’s Resolution
5: Spend More Time Together as a Family

Family meals like breakfast and dinner seem the most
traditional route for gathering and spending time together as a family. Game
nights are also great, as you get smiles, laughter and lots of personalities.
Going for a walk or a bike ride as a family is also a wonderful way to bond
while staying healthy. There are lots of options available, so see what works
best for your family and, as they say – just do it!

No matter what you resolve for the New Year, remember to
simply be the best person you can be.

Happy New Year! 


Daddy Nickell

Share this