Create a Family Mission Statement
Week 3: Ideas for a family mission statement
Is your purpose to simply make sure your kids survive childhood? Or do you have a grander idea for the souls you helped create?
- economically self-sufficient;
- able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- engaged in the governance process;
- focused on learning, unlearning, and relearning at every opportunity;
- focused on the future.
Have you ever thought about what your purpose as a parent might be? We often create visions for ourselves. Why not for the most important team of people in our lives?
If you have a partner, ask them to come up with a statement, then come back together and compare. If you have children about 4 or older, ask them what they think your purpose as parents is. You’ll probably get a good laugh out of their answer.
Together you are creating a vision of where your family is headed. The process of creating your statement should, at the very least, spark some conversation about what your values are.
Shared family values act as a touchstone for all your parenting decisions. When you know what you believe in, what your motivations are, and what your purpose is, you can more easily filter out all the noise of what the rest of the world says a “good parent” is or does.
Talk about your mission statement at your next family meeting. You’re doing those right? (Check out week 1 of the family bonding challenge). Our free getting started guide: Becoming a Confident Parent and Family Leader provides some really useful resources to get you in the right mindset.
Somer is the Chief Content Officer at Birth2Work living in Redondo Beach, California with her husband and three-year-old son. She spent 10 years in the architecture field as a designer and medical planner and now applies her love of integrative thinking and big-picture planning to her family and career. Read full bio >>
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