Many organizations create mission statements to identify their core values, and families should do the same. Creating a mission statement helps to develop a common culture that can build character in children. To create one, have the family members can sit down together and ask, what kind of family should we be? Children should be involved in this process. Statements might express ideas like “we don’t lie, cheat, steal” and “when we make a mistake, we admit it.” Hanging the family mission statement on the wall will serve as a reminder of the family’s values, and it should be discussed often to make sure it isn’t seen as merely words on a wall.
- Successful organizations almost always have mission statements that form a framework of core values.
- To make a family mission statement, you and your whole family, including your kids, should sit down and talk about how you should treat one another and what kinds of values you want to uphold.
- Continuing to refer to your family mission statement can help turn it into a shared focal point of identity.
“If we want to raise kids who are respectful, responsible, and kind, we need to create an intentional family culture that explicitly prioritizes and promotes those qualities.”