Loading...
The Family Room The Family Room Blog Home

Top New Year's resolutions parents wish their kids would make

Cleaning their room still ranks high among a list of suggestions to children.

By Britt Olson MSN Living Editor Jan 3, 2013 5:33PM

Get a haircut and get a real job was George Thoroughgood’s parents’ advice to him. And several of his folks' further suggestions to their rebel son echo the top New Year’s resolutions parents want their offspring to make in 2013.

Photo: B2M Productions/Getty ImagesAccording to a study by K¹² Inc., an online education provider for pre-elementary through high school students, parents have a variety of recommendations for their kids captured in an interactive survey the company conducted in December.

Parents responded that 47 percent of them favor having their children keep a cleaner room in the new year. (It seems that the bedroom battle may be the longest running in our nation’s history.)

More from MSN Living: 51 perfect daytrips for families

Desires for kids to become more involved in school, eat healthier and be more physically active each accounted for 33 percent of support from responding moms and dads. Playing fewer video games, which may contribute positively to the previously listed goals, received 29 percent of parental votes.

Bing: Worst New Year's resolutions 

Other suggestions for children were to practice better etiquette, have better hygiene, text less and read more.

All seem like beneficial suggestions regardless of age, but it remains to be seen how many children will implement their parent’s advice.

More from MSN Living: The most popular baby names of all time

And then, just like the rest of us, how many will see them through in 2013.

But remember that things worked out pretty well for Mr. Thoroughgood, even though he ignored his parents’ counsel.

Photo: B2M Productions/Getty Images

More from MSN Living:
Top baby name predictions for 2013
20 Pinterest crafting 'fails'
Best baby names of 2012

0Comments

News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads

  • Adorable after-school snacks

    Adorable after-school snacks based on kids' favorite characters

    It can be difficult to entice little ones to eat anything at all, let alone to devour a healthy plate. But feeding your kids nutritious snacks after school just got way easier, thanks to these adorably clever and cute snack ideas! For more smart and fun ways to get your kids to enjoy healthful and delicious foods, try one of these amazingly artsy lunch ideas.

  • Little girl smiling (Photo: Handsfreemama.com)

    Children who shine from within

    "Because you shine from within," I said, touching my finger to her heart. "Not everybody sees it, but I do. I see it. And my job is to protect that light. So when people say mean comments that squelch that light, I want you to tell me. I will protect your light by listening and loving you, my brave, courageous, and unique little firefly."

  • Child sleeping (Photo: Jupiterimages via Getty Images)

    Pediatricians officially want high schools to start later

    Studies have shown that it helps, top education officials have recommended it, and now doctors are officially saying the same.

  • Child (Photo: Jenifer DeMattia)

    An apology letter to my second child

    I may have accidentally dropped you a few times, forgotten to document your first fart, let a little pee fly and dressed you like an idiot, but I have also loved you with every piece of me, and you will never hear an apology for that.

  • Cool school shoes for boys

    The coolest boys' shoes for the new school year

    Back-to-school shopping is still in full swing, and your little gents probably need some new kicks to round out their fall wardrobes (you already picked up some bold shoes for the little ladies in your life, right?).

  • Cheap back-to-school clothes for kids

    25 back-to-school pieces for $50 or less

    Not every kid is a fan of returning to the classroom, so parents try to ease the blow with a little back-to-school shopping.

  • How parents in the '70s And '80s had it made

    How parents in the '70s And '80s had it made

    Would you rather be a parent now or then?

  • How to parent anxious kids

    9 things every parent with an anxious child should try

    As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, "I don't want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don't make me go." You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting challenge.

  • Puppy friends (Photo: Courtesy of Mikkel Becker)

    Can dogs have best friends?

    The strong bonds that dogs can form are undeniable.

  • Angry cat (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 things your pet won’t tell you

    Think you know your pet’s every unspoken wish? Think again. Your pet is unlikely to be capable of communicating her wants and needs in ways you might assume she would. Even those of you most in touch with your pets' feelings are likely missing a few cues here and there.

  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 dog breeds that love and hate the water

    The Chesapeake Bay Retriever made both our readers' and veterinary professionals' lists of breeds that love the water.

  • 7 signs your dog owns you

    7 signs your dog owns you

    You might proudly call yourself a dog owner, pet parent or canine guardian, but let’s be real: Your dog owns you. You might be laughing now, but think about it — you've surrendered the best seat on the sofa to him, you plan your entire weekend around his trips to the dog park, and you take him to the groomer more often than you get your own hair cut. And let's not forget who's in every photo on your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sound familiar? We thought so. But in case you still think you're in charge, here are seven classic signs that your dog is the one calling the shots.

Loading...
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
family videos