I was introduced to the idea of a Family Mission Statement probably 10 years ago by a friend in a Family Home Evening preparation group. She had read Stephen Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" and made up a FHE on how to create a Highly Effective Family which included how to write a family mission statement.
In the book, Stephen Covey suggests that each of us begin with the end in mind and create a clear, compelling vision of what you and your family are all about. He says,
"A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about---what it is you really want to do and be---and the principles you choose to govern your family life."So we wrote our mission statement:
Our Family works together as a loving family and strives to do our best in all that we do. We treat others with respect and speak lovingly to each other. We value each others opinions, and we are patient and tolerant of each other. We won't demean or be critical of anyone's efforts.
The members of Our Family are Honest, Courteous and Helpful. We work together until all work is done. We can be kind by sharing and we don't throw toys. We are safe by driving safely and going to school safely.
Our Family has family prayers and eats dinner together every night. We clean up our own messes. Each member of our family has personal prayers before bed and expresses their thanks to Heavenly Father for their blessings.
We will live to be worthy to go to the temple and to serve missions.
We eat healthy things to keep our bodies strong.
We Choose The Right! (CTR)
Looking back at it I can tell what the dynamics of our daily life and relationships were. And I distinctly remember there being a toy-throwing incident that day.
We typed our mission statement out, I mounted it on scrapbook paper and hung it on the bulletin board where it stayed gathering dust for a couple of years. Then we packed the house up to move and the family mission statement was tucked into a scrapbook until I dug it out yesterday for this post. Not really keeping it a priority.
After reading Anne's post on Chocolate on my Cranium I've realized that our Family Mission Statement needs to be prominently displayed and used in our home. I love her idea of reciting it every day, maybe before family prayers. I have noticed that our family has been really critical of each other, and I'm hoping that utilizing Our Family Mission Statement will remind us what it's all about!
"Where there is great love there are always miracles." Willa CatherI've always got room for miracles!
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