Creating Your Family Mission Statement
I loved reading what a colleague of mine wrote about creating a family mission statement. Have you ever written a mission statement with your family? Read the post, then at the bottom watch our short video about how to hold a family meeting. We would love it if you would consider sharing your family mission statement on our Facebook page.
This post was originally published on easystylewithsami.com and written by Sami Bedell-Mulhern. Sami is also the marketing manager for Finally Home.
A mission statement is something you commonly find in business and nonprofit organizations. It dictates the business’ values and big picture goals, is a guide for decision making, and helps keep everyone going in the same direction.
Have you ever thought about creating a mission statement for your family? It’s a great way to start a conversation about your family’s values and how you want to spend your time toegether and separately. While some elements might change over time as your kids age, likely your core values will remain the same.
So how do you start?
Gather family input
It starts with getting everyone around the table to share their input. This is an info gathering session to hear what each person has on their mind.
The key is having an open conversation, agreeing that there are no bad ideas, and building trust. If this is the first time you’re trying something like this, it might need to last over a few shorter sessions so people feel comfortable opening up.
Here are some ways you can start the conversation:
💙 plan it ahead of time. Let everyone know in advance so they can be prepared.
💙 lead by example. You and your partner may need to kick things off.
💙 ask questions and share examples. It’s easier when you aren’t starting from a blank slate.
Sample questions you can use
✅ What things do you love that we do as a family?
✅ What types of activities would you like to do more of?
✅ When you think about our family, what types of feelings does it bring up?
✅ How would you like other people to describe our family?
✅ What are you most proud of?
✅ In the next 3-5 years, what do you see our family looking like?
✅ How do you feel most supported
Keeping the conversation positive is a great way to start and keep people comfortable with sharing.
Put your common themes together
Naturally you’ll see some themes shine. Bring the family together again and share what your commonalities are and ask if everyone agrees.
Ask any follow up questions that have come up and have a final brainstorm session.
Draft your mission statement
Now comes the fun part. Time to write out your families statement and get everyone to sign off on it. You can start with simple value statements like:
💙 Sharing family history and ancestry regularly.
💙 Be good citizens of our community
💙 Be fiscally minded.
💙 Travel the world (in our home and out in the wild).
💙 Show gratitude daily.
💙 Be kind…always.
Once you have these down, you can start to expand on them and get more specific. This could happen over time as you come together a few times in a year to review and reflect.
A simple Google search will give you all sorts of examples if you’re feeling stuck.
Post them where everyone can see them
It’s not just enough to draft them. Keep them posted somewhere that you can see and be reminded all the time. In the kitchen, your entry way, or whatever your families central hub is.