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As 2018 comes to an end, I hope it was a good year for your family. To me, a good year is one where we experience good health, prosperity, new experiences and lots of laughter. It can also be a year where we experience challenges but figure out how to overcome them. As parents, we are constantly challenged with our children, our work and life in general. It is how you approach those challenges that keep you balanced. A healthy family life is a delicate balance of juggling everything that comes our way. How did your year go? What did you learn as a parent? Did you have to deal with difficult issues? How did it go? Did you look for support with issues that were just too much for you to handle alone? We are blessed to live in a city where there are many support systems for parents dealing with challenges.

As we enter 2019, we can look at what we experienced in 2018 and challenge ourselves to do better next year. Parenting is the toughest job you will have and as parents, we are constantly learning how to be better by how we handle each challenge that comes our way. How can you be a better parent in 2019? Can you be a better listener when your children talk to you? Can you spend more time with each child individually? Can you be more patient with your spouse? Can you eat dinner together more often without phones and tablets at the table? Can you spend one evening a week or even a month doing something fun as a family? I can go on and on with these questions, but I would ask you to come up with 3 ways you can be a better parent in 2019!

As an empty-nest Mom with adult kids, my parenting days are pretty much done, but for me the challenge is to stay connected to my 2 sons and daughter-in-law who live out of town. We all have busy lives and live in different time zones so sometimes it is hard to stay connected. I don't really believe in new years resolutions but realistically I hope that in 2019, I can connect more with my children, stop buying bottled water and eat less processed food. All are realistic goals.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Winnipeg Parent. We provide you with great ideas for family fun over the holiday season, as well as information on programs and events taking place in January. We have recently launched "The Scoop" digital newsletter that goes out in between issues of Winnipeg Parent. The Scoop is free and you can sign up for it online on our website or through our Facebook page.

We wish your family a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Susan



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