Do you feel like you don't have time to write your family's mission statement?
Afraid you'll get started and will not know what to do next?
Or, maybe you already have a mission statement but wonder if it is still applicable?
Developing a family mission statement can seem like a daunting task.
But it doesn't have to be!
All you need is a pen, paper, and a few guiding questions.
Well, maybe it's a little more involved than that, but not much.
My husband and I were initially intimidated by the thought of writing our family's mission statement. And yet we knew it would have a huge impact on our family. So we committed to a full day workshop. My mother-in-law watched our then two-year-old daughter while we listened to breakout sessions and worked through the exercises. It was a long day, but it was so worth it!
Fast forward eleven years...During a family night, we ordered pizza and asked our daughters, ages ten and thirteen, what made our family unique and what they thought was important to our family. The process was informal and laid back. Their echoed what was already in our mission statement. We discovered we had been living out our family's mission statement so our daughter's responses to the brainstorming questions were very similar to what was already reflected in our mission statement.
What was similar in our initial workshop and the family night?
Brainstorming and communication.
Getting away for a weekend can be helpful if you need to carve out time to write your family's mission statement. But you don't need to spend $100+ to attend a workshop. (Plus, find a babysitter for the kids!)
Instead, you can work together with your whole family in the comfort of your own home (or camper or restaurant or wherever you decide to go). And you can involve your children in the process and learn what is important to them.
All you need is a pen, paper, and a few guiding questions. (A special meal or something fun to make the night seem special wouldn't hurt either!)
In Writing Your Family's Mission Statement you will find step-by-step instructions as well as guiding questions to help you write your family's mission statement.
You won't need to think up questions to ask during your brainstorming session. They are all included in the PDF.
And read example mission statements from other families to get your creative juices flowing so you can make your family mission statement fit your family's unique style.