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There are no dirty habits when it comes to enjoying parenthood … only dirty kids.

The New Year’s resolution game is tricky for anyone (yeah, I’m talking to you on my favorite treadmill at the gym with your shiny new kicks on January 2nd) but for parents, it’s even more challenging — thanks to precarious land mines waiting to blow up our best laid New Year plans.

While we wholeheartedly support your desire to join that gym (fine, you can use "my" treadmill), here are six realistic resolutions you can start in January and still be sticking to at the end of the next 12 months. We believe in you. Good luck!

  1. 1. I will not fall asleep reading my kids bedtime stories this year. Instead, I will stay awake for AT LEAST one hour after they’ve drifted off to dreamland and I will watch something new on Netflix so I’ll finally be able to get the references my peers are making at work.

  2. 2. I will not take my kids to school or walk them to the bus stop in my pajamas (not even my favorite red plaid pajama pants) this year… at least not every single day.

  3. 3. I’ll finally recognize this year that the coaches are there to coach and the refs are doing their best to referee fairly, and that because I didn’t bother to volunteer for either job, I will keep my cool on the sideline and in the stands while watching my kids play ball.

  4. 4. This year, I promise to share fewer coffee memes on social media and to spill less coffee on myself (although I know that the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel is always within reach).

  5. 5. I will say "yes" more often throughout the year when my children ask me to get down on the floor to build something with blocks, do a puzzle, play a board game or have a stuffed animal tea party, even if it means me and my bad back will be stuck on the floor until another adult arrives to help me up.

  6. 6. I will try hard to stop taking the first bite of my kids’ peanut butter toast, PB&J sandwich, cheeseburger and soft pretzel so that they may grow up to know that food does actually come whole and intact.

OWTK is a paid contributor to Clorox's SpinCycle, helping you navigate the messiness of parenthood.

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