Thursday, January 10, 2013

Family Mission Statement

Many companies have and work by a mission statement. Why shouldn't your family?

"Family Mission Statement: a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about- what it is you really want to do and be- and the principles you choose to govern your family life."

I love this idea. I know how I envision our family life but I have never really stopped and sat down and talked with the other members of my family to get their vision. I love the idea of the whole family having joint goals, as a group, written down. Something about writing it down makes it more important.

I have to admit I was at a loss on how to write a Family Mission Statement but after some research I found some great tips.

  • There is no wrong way to do it. This is not a legal document or anything. That alone takes off some pressure! 
  • First sit with your spouse and talk about what your priorities are as a family. How would you like to define your family? What is the life you would like to have together? Don't feel rushed. These are big questions, it may take more than one discussion to get your answers. 
  • Once you and your spouse have developed the foundation of your mission statement involve your kids. Ask them what they would like the family to be like, to have accomplished in the next 5-10-20 years. Talk about what things are important as a family. Some ideas are education, finances, travel outside activities, and the responsibility of each family member. 
  •  Now write it down. Keep it simple and keep it positive. Instead of "We will not" use the term "We will". Read the Mission Statement together and make sure everyone understands. 
  • Print it out, scrapbook it, frame it, display it in your home. 
  • Every few years go back and re-evaluate. 
I think this is a great idea. A constant reminder of what we are all striving for. 
What things would you put in your Family Mission Statement? 

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