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What is a family mission statement?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Your mission is about your family, it’s aspirational, it describes the kind of family you wish to be. A mission statement is a guiding light, a symbol of where you want to aim your family over a lifetime. But it is not meant to be carved in stone, forever and ever the same. So you shouldn’t be too concerned about creating a “document for the ages.” It may change as your children grow; it can be flexible and shift with you over time.

Your Mission is a statement that you will come back to now and again as you parent your children. For example, once your mission is a reality, you may find yourself referring to it to remind your children why certain behaviors are not “who we are as a family.” That can be very powerful.

Here are a few examples, some long, some short, written by real families like yours:

• “The mission of our family is to provide a home environment that encourages honesty, fairness, respect and love. We work together to ensure that each member of our family feels important and has the support and the tools they need to reach their higher goals.”

• “We reach out to others to promote respect for all people in our daily life.”

• “We are a family that regards education as the foundation of success. Having reached our educational goals, we will give back to others in order to share our success.”

• “We are a family who has fun. We live for joy and spending time together.”

There is no right or wrong way to do this, as you can see. But one thing is consistently true of the families I have worked with: Your values drive your mission.
The Family Coach Method: Raising Good, Kind, Ethical Kids 3 to 8 (in a Complicated World)

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Best known as The Family Coach, Dr. Lynne Kenney shows parents of children ages 3 to 8 (the critical years for developing values and behavior patterns) how to create specific, foundational life...

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