Who has a Family Mission Statement? If not, time to create one!
Like running a successful business, it helps members to focus on common goals and values. A family mission statement can help clarify what you hope to achieve as a family and help make it a more cohesive unit. It can help keep you centered on what is important, make better use of your resources (like your time and money), and learn to say no to things that don’t support your mission.
When creating a family mission statement, it is important to involve every family member rather than just announcing it. If kids take part in forming it, they are more likely to support it. Parents should guide the conversation, but include kids’ inputs whenever possible. It’s also important to value everyone’s thoughts, even if you don’t agree with or share them.
The dinner table is a great place to discuss your statement. It can take several discussions to touch on everything you want to include. Don’t rush it. Your statement will evolve over time, until you find that you are left with something that concisely represents your family unit.
Questions to help generate your statement include:
• What are your core values
• How money should be saved and spent
• Goals for education, career and using special talents
• How the family will help others and themselves
• Best use of the family’s time
Assignment: Create a Family Mission Statement
Here are some fun ways to display your family mission statement (via Pinterest):
Source: We Are That Family