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
- Back to the Basics: Create a Family Mission Statement ::: Simple Mom
- Build a Mission Statement ::: Franklin Covey
- How to Write a Family Mission Statement ::: eHow
- Our Family’s Mission Statement ::: Rockin’ Granola
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?