The Family Mission Statement: A Written Road Map of Our Priorities

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The following is by Kara Fleck, editor of Simple Kids.

Last year, while following along with Simple Mom’s Back to Basics series, our family created a Family Mission Statement.  As Tsh so wisely suggested, we used this exercise to discover what we are about as a family.

Going through the process of drafting a simple statement, one that sums up who we are and what we believe our purpose is, turned out to be a great family bonding experience.

Over the past year, we have found it has been beneficial for us to have this family “road-map” with our priorities well defined to help guide us. Keeping that mission in mind has helped with daily decision making.

Our mission statement has aided us in setting priorities for:

  • Our daily interactions with each other.
  • Our interactions in the world outside of our home.
  • Our daily schedule and rhythms.

As Tsh says,

When we’ve made deliberate decisions about what we’re about as a family, certain choices become a no-brainer. Even fun. You’re at peace with the choices you make, because they align with your priorities, and they just make sense.”

Involving Our Kids

It was important to my husband and I that our kids be involved in the process of creating our mission statement.  First, we explained what a mission statement is and why we felt this was a good idea for our family.  Then, we asked for their help in developing our mission statement.

Questions We Asked

  • What do you feel our strengths are as a family?
  • What do  you feel our weaknesses are?
  • What makes our family special?
  • What should we do more of as a family?
  • What should do less of?

The answers to these questions, along with the lists that my husband and I came up with through our talks about family priorities, helped us to define the recurring themes in our family life.

We took those themes and created a summary statement of what our main priority is and then we applied that to specific areas of our family life.

Define or Redefine

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, we’re taking some time to review our family’s mission statement. We’re re-visiting the questions we asked last year and we’re reminding ourselves of our priorities.

To make sure we’re on the right path, we have to check in with the map from time to time, right?

If you don’t have a family mission statement, why not take some time soon to create one? If you do have a mission statement, set aside some time to remind yourselves of that statement is and to see if you need to do any refining (or even re-defining) of your family’s priorities.

Resources for Mission Statements

Does your family have a mission statement?  Have you blogged about it?  I’d love it if you would share your link in the comments.   If you don’t have a mission statement, why not take some time this week and draft one with your family?

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. What a great idea…we kind of did this, but our focus was homeschooling. This is our first year on this particular adventure and at the recommendation of one site I looked at while researching how to get started (sorry, can’t remember which one) we wrote a Gebel Family Homeschool Mission Statement! And, perhaps, because homeschooling is going to be a big part of life around here, it incudes a lot of what’s important to us as a family.

    As always…lovely post!
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  2. I love this idea and want to try it with mine. How old do you think children have to be to be able to participate meaningfully in building a family mission statement? My two year old is obviously too young, but my five year old? I’m not sure about her.
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  3. Older children may LOVE this idea. So empowering. As a creative type- it would be fun to see how they actually draw a map of the family structure. A heirloom project no doubt.

  4. What a great idea. I wish I had done that when my children were small. I won’t get into why, but I strongly encourage this kind of thing now. Whenever I run across something like this I forward it on to friends and family who still have their families with them. Thank you for sharing this with families.

  5. This is an awesome idea and I wish I had done it when my kids were younger but can’t wait to take advantage of it now. Rae is absolutely right – this is definitely an heirloom project that will be sure to generate plenty of memories and conversation!
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  6. This is a wonderful idea. We will be sure to do this as a family.
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  7. That is truly a great idea… I have to say one of the best questions that poped out to me most was What makes our family special? …. It got me thinking…
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  8. Previously in my corporate life, mission statements were common place & a compass of sorts for companies and staff to stay on course and aspire to achieve great things. Hadn’t thought of use in a family setting but makes total sense and is a great idea to encourage and facilitate greater cohesion, to focus on what is important and empower family members individually and collectively. Will have to try this. Thanks for the idea!
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  9. a very interesting idea and the right to try, thank you. sometimes we must always find an idea or some new way and not boring. because the family is a career I
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  10. Thanks for the link references Kara… I’ll follow them to get more nuts and bolts to see how a family mission statement differs from a corporate one.
    By the way… congratulations on the baby, coming this August!
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