Family Mission Statement – Am I crazy?

A Family Mission Statement is a ‘must have’ for every family. (perhaps I’ve taken my passion for marketing too far…)

My husband was my biggest cheerleader for going back to work after our first daughter was born…I always questioned his unwavering support. Many of my family members and colleagues believe ‘my working’ is for Steve’s sanity. And my latest project (from my second maternity leave) made things a little more obvious to me.

I was on maternity leave with our second daughter – after reading an amazing book “Parenting by the Book,” I was moved to host a family discussion about our Family Mission Statement and Core Values. Okay…so that sounds weird to many of you, I’m sure. BUT…I highly recommend at least going through the exercise. It’s a great dinner table discussion, if nothing else.

You know that discussion about your family’s purpose? The one where you talk about… What do we want our family to stand for? What is at the core of who we are? What’s our ethos, our passion, our desires, our purpose?  Yes, it was a little deep for a 2 year old, but my husband and I loved the conversation.

After agreeing upon our core purpose, we began to explore our core values. It would be too much to share the entire document with all of you but some of the core values included; optimism, faith, respect, responsibility, laughter, giving back and following our passion. Some of our favorite quotes help to articulate the realization of our values:

“Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference”
We need to become what we want the world to be.”

Ironically, after displaying these prominently in our home we had 3 close friends visit from out-of-town.  Two out of three thought I had lost my mind and it was time for my maternity leave to end.

So how do we realize our Mission Statement and hold each family member accountable? Well, that’s another blog post for another day!

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2 Responses to “Family Mission Statement – Am I crazy?”

  1. casual friday everyday December 2, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    How beautiful. You’ve inspired me to tackle this too.

    Nell

  2. danielle December 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    I have actually thought about this. And as my family grows, I think this will become a topic and I would gladly frame it somewhere everone has a moment to reflect and remember to stay focused…maybe in the bathroom… above the toilet paper role? But as of now, my 2 year old and I will keep brainstorming, when he begins to read, we will put it in writing! Thanks for mentioning your families Mission Statement, it is good to be reminded about the simply steps of making a family stronger.

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