Craft your unique family mission statement with this easy-to-use family mission statement worksheet. Define your values and goals together for a stronger, purpose-driven family
I’ve been on this parenting journey for 18 years, and I want to share something that I’m going to be trying, and I’m sure it’s going to make a positive impact on my own family. As a mom, I’ve learned that no matter what season of parenthood you are in, there’s always room for growth and positive changes.
I’ve recently discovered the power of a family mission statement, and I’m excited to explore it with you. Even though most of my kids are now teenagers about ready to fly out of the nest, I’m right here, trying this out alongside you, because I believe it can bring us all closer and give us a shared sense of purpose.
In this blog post, I’ll be your guide as we embark on the journey of creating a family mission statement using a simple, step-by-step worksheet. Whether you’re a new parent or, like me, you’ve got years of experience, this tool can help you figure out your family goals, values, and dreams. It will help open communication with each member of the family, so everyone feels like they have a voice and a shared vision of the family’s purpose moving forward.
So, dear parents, we’re in this together. Let’s dive into this adventure and discover how a family mission statement can enhance our homes, no matter where we are in our unique family stories.
How do you come up with a family mission statement?
The first step in writing a family mission statement is to print the family mission statement worksheet and gather your family members together for a family meeting.
This first conversation should focus on understanding and defining your family values, beliefs, and aspirations. It’s about having an open and honest conversation to figure out what matters most to your whole family. This is the foundation upon which your family’s mission statement will be built.
During this discussion, you can ask questions like:
- What do we value as a family?
- What beliefs guide our actions and decisions?
- What are our family’s values, goals and dreams?
- How do we want to make a positive impact on the world today and future generations?
This conversation helps you understand what your family’s core values are and what you want to achieve together. It’s the starting point for creating your family mission statement, where you’ll later set clear goals and write the statement itself.
Here’s a list of values you can use as an example:
- Faith. Does your family believe in a higher power? What religious or spiritual beliefs and practices are important to your family?
- Love and caring. Is it important for the family unit to be loving and caring to one another?
- Being good stewards. Taking care and being responsible with the money and things you have. Making sure to use them wisely and not waste them.
- Honesty. Is it important to tell the truth and be trustworthy?
- Respect: Valuing and treating each family member with respect and consideration.
- Talking and listening: Open lines of communication, listening to one another, and sharing thoughts and feelings.
- Togetherness: Is it important to your family that you spend time together and support one another?
- Learning. Is education one of the important priorities for your family?
- Doing What You Say: It’s important to do what you promised and be reliable.
- Hard work. Understanding that it takes hard work to achieving your goals and dreams.
More famiy values….
- Responsibility: Encouraging each family member to take ownership of their roles and responsibilities. Everyone in the family should do their part and help with chores in the home.
- Being Thankful. Recognizing and appreciating the blessings and opportunities in life.
- Generosity. Sharing with others and helping those inside and outside the family.
- Non-toxic living. Choosing to live a life free of harmful chemicals.
- Nourishment. Is Nourishing your bodies well by giving them the right kinds of foods and drinks that help you stay healthy and full of energy a priority for your family?
- Physical exercise. Moving your body everyday to keep it strong and healthy.
- Teamwork: Emphasizing the importance of working together as a family unit to achieve a common goal and overcome challenges.
- Being good citizens. Working together to make your neighborhood and country a better place for everyone.
- Travel. Experiencing different cultures and traveling as a family.
- Life skills. How about learning different life skills like, sewing, cooking, gardening, raising animals, etc.
family values can vary a lot from one family to another, and they are deeply personal.
Family Mission Statement Worksheet
The second step in creating a family mission statement is to decide and write down specific goals or dreams your family wants to work toward
This involves discussing and listing the things you hope to achieve together as a family. These goals can be related to different areas of your life, things like education, relationships, personal growth, work-life balance, community involvement, or taking a family vacation.
During this step, you should focus on:
- Setting both short-term and long-term goals.
- Making sure the goals are realistic and achievable.
- Discussing how these goals align with your family’s values and purpose, which you identified in the first step.
- Writting these goals down on paper.
These goals will later become an important part of your family mission statement, guiding your family decisions, efforts, and actions.
The third step in writing a family mission statement is to discuss and define specific actions that reflect the values and goals you wrote down in the first two steps
So how will your family put these values and goals into practice in your daily lives.
During this step, you’ll work as a family to:
- Identify specific actions, behaviors, and responsibilities that align with your family’s values and goals.
- Determine how each family member can contribute to these actions.
- Are there any changes needed in your current routines or habits?
- Make a clear plan for how your family will implement these actions.
This step helps turn your mission statement into a practical guide for your family’s decisions. It’s about making clear the steps you’ll take to live by your values and achieve your goals together. And in the process creating a positive family culture.
The final step in writing a family mission statement is to write the statement itself.
In this step you will summarize your family’s core values, goals, and the action steps you’ve already discussed, into a clear written statement.
The family mission statement should be inspiring and easy to understand, serving as a reminder of what your family stands for and what you’re working towards together.
Here are the things may want to include in the final family mission statement draft:
- Your family name at the top (last name).
- List of your family members under the family name.
- A statement of your family’s core values and beliefs.
- Specific goals you’ve set as a family.
- Actions you’ll take to live by your values and achieve your goals.
- A long-term vision of what you want your family to become in the future.
- A strong sense of purpose and identity as a family unit.
The final mission statement should reflect the collective input and agreements of all family members and be something that inspires and guides your family moving forward.
Here are a few family mission statement examples for you to get inspiration from:
“In our family, we strive to be a loving and supportive team. We promise to show kindness and respect to each other every day. We will listen and share our thoughts and feelings openly, making our home a safe and warm place.
We believe in learning and growing, so we’ll read, explore, and have fun adventures together. We promise to help each other and be good friends.
We also care about our community and our Earth, so we will lend a hand to those in need and take care of our planet by being eco-friendly.
We know that sometimes things get tough, but we’ll stick together and never give up on each other. As a family, we aim to create a home filled with laughter, love, and unforgettable memories. Our journey together is just beginning, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.“
Perfect example of a mission statement for a family of faith:
“In our family, anchored by our faith in Jesus, we strive to walk in His love, grace, and kindness each day. We believe in being good stewards, responsible for the precious gifts entrusted to us, and that includes our relationships, planet, and our own well-being.
We are committed to nourishing our bodies with wholesome food and nurturing our minds with truth and knowledge, knowing that good health is a foundation for all our endeavors. We aspire to share our blessings by serving the world around us with humility and empathy.
As a family, our goal is to work together, saving diligently, so that we can explore this beautiful world as a team. We aim to create cherished memories through our travels, experiencing the diversity of cultures and landscapes, while deepening our bonds and understanding of the world.
Our home is a place of love, laughter, and growth, where we encourage each other to live out our faith and values. We face challenges together, leaning on our shared purpose, and celebrate our successes with gratitude and joy. Our family’s journey is a testament to our values, and with Jesus as our guide, we are excited for the adventures that lie ahead.”
When you are having a bit of trouble coming up with your family’s mission statement..
If you’re having trouble coming up with something as a family there’s nothing wrong with adopting scripture as your family mission statement untill you can better formulate your own. The book of Joshua in the Bible has a great example. Begin in Joshua chapter 24 verse 15.
Here is a very short (It’s only one line) and simple mission statement my husband and I wrote more than a decade ago inspired by the book of Joshua:
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. We will seek His wisdom and be a hard-working, loving, and honest member of the Padfield family.“
Now that our kids are much older I would like to include them in writing a new family mission statement and dive deep into our core values and beliefs as a family. I’m sure it will be a great opportunity for meaningful conversations with our 18, 16, and even our three year old.
Family Mission Statement Worksheet
Family mission Statement Worksheet final thoughts
As I finish writing this blog post, I want you to know that I’m right here with you, trying this out with my own family. It’s an exciting step towards making our homes even more loving, purposeful, and united. So, let’s go on this mission statement adventure together, knowing that we’re shaping not just a document but a future filled with shared values, love, and meaningful moments. Through the ups and downs, we’ll be there for each other, working towards a life that truly reflects our family’s heart and soul. I can’t wait to see how it enriches your family life, just as I hope it does for mine.
You might be wondering if it’s too early or too late to start on this journey of writting a family mission statement. Well, let me reassure you – it’s never too soon or too late. Whether you’re just starting out with little ones or you’re like me, already dealing with the teen years and beyond, the power of a family mission statement is always within reach.
Our family’s journey is ever-changing, and our mission statement grows and adapts right alongside us. It’s a living document that keeps us grounded and aligned with our values and goals. So, no matter where you are in your family’s story, remember that this path to deeper togetherness and purpose is open and waiting for you to explore.