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Thoughtful Parenting: Resolutions for the New Year

December 18, 2016

Thoughtful parenting youth Advertisement How many of you make a resolution each year? Whether yours is to cut back on carbs, exercise more or spend more time with your kids, we all know it is a lot easier said than done. This weekly column about parenting issues is written by area youth-serving professionals. It publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today. Read more columns here. Why is it so difficult for us to succeed? How might we improve our odds this year? After repeatedly failing at my annual resolution to “drink less wine,” I am looking for answers. In "Switch," Chip and Dan Health explain that the process begins with making the case for change by appealing to our inner, rational self. But in order to change behavior, we also need to a find a way to motivate our emotional self — actually get excited about making the change. And finally, we need to map out what the journey looks like, find a pathway to success that has been cleared of potential obstacles. The trick...

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