Others will stick to their personal vows and let it work but others say, promises are made to be broken, particularly this time of the year... a time of setting our New Year’s Resolutions, only to have forgotten them before January is over.

Well, my dear parents whatever mistakes you made over the last 12 months - that was then, and this is now. Make a promise to be a more patient, present, and imaginative parent. What could be more important, after all? With this article, I wish to share with you some statements from real parents whom I asked for their new year’s resolutions. Make these totally doable changes today - and keep them up all year long.

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"My New Year's resolution is to become a better cook for my children. I'm going to start taking more of an interest in making their meals. I've also decided that I'm going to start waking up early to make hot breakfasts for them instead of giving them slice bread and cold ham and to prepare them to school early" – Analiza.

"This year I vow to make my daily schedule and stick more to it. As a once-organized, stay-at-home mom, I've recently fallen into the horrible habit of being disorganized. I'm so busy with my children that my life... or rather my life has lost its beauty. Our family is constantly on the go -- eating, sleeping, and doing housework whenever we can fit them in. I want to enforce a routine for my family with solid mealtimes, daily school lessons, and other fun activities for my children." – Helen, Camp 7 Barangay

“This year I've decided to accomplish something for my family. Instead of spending my days obsessing over housework, I've decided that it's okay occasionally to leave the dishes in the sink or let the laundry pile up. What really matters is that my children know how important they are, because nothing is more special than spending my precious time with my two little munchkins and their father every day." Lalaine, QM Barangay

"For the past ten years, my family has gotten larger while our living space has gotten smaller. This year my husband and I have finally decided to move into a bigger home!" –Merly, Green Valley

"I want to make sure my children are financially secure in the future. So this year I'm going to start saving an account for them. I know how hard I've had to struggle, and I don't want my children to go through what I've gone through." – Edward, Dalupirip, Itogon

Parents, this can be the START of your journey to success - after all, they are usually to do with some aspect of your life that you want to change - but you need to realize that they are only a small part of your life journey.

Your New Year’s Resolution can be the starting point for your success, but you need to get off that starting line if you're going to finish ---- if you're going to achieve. So to really achieve your own personal success, you must move from customary "New Year's Resolution Setter and Forgetter" to successful "Goal Setter and Achiever"!

Anyone can set goals, anyone can achieve goals, and anyone can be successful - but not everyone is. Be one of the success stories of this life and start setting your goals today!

Happy New Year to one and all!