Week 3 of Simplify Your Life Challenge: Create a Family Mission Statement
So after a crazy busy week, I finally got around to getting my little family together to discuss Our Family. The goods, the greats, the hopes and areas for improvement. While Mr H sat on the side-lines and tried to look interested, I enjoyed listening to Mr 7 and Miss 5 chat and giggle and discuss the pro’s of our family (Mr 2 was tucked up in bed). Below is a brief insight into their headspace tonight…
What is important to our family? *being nice to eachother *being safe *celebrating with friends (birthdays, Christmas, Australia Day) *having good holidays *spending time together *helping and playing together
If people talked about our family, what things would we want them to say about us? *they are smart & fun *they look after eachother *they go for the Carlton Blues *sometimes they blow their heads off with laughter!
As a family, we are at our best when… *we all get along *we love eachother *we play together *we love ourselves *we eat healthy and look after eachother
To make our family better, we should… *have more holidays together *be active and go on adventures *be able to sometimes play by yourself
We are most happy when… *we all get along *when we’re together *we do fun things together *we laugh
I adore their openness, honesty and optimism. They used the word TOGETHER a lot. They also talked about having FUN often, and giggled for half of the conversation. There were some sparkly comments that got my attention, like Miss 5’s love of family fun and ADVENTURE and Mr 7’s high value of CELEBRATIONS and traditions, as well as his suggestion that we should be able to have TIME BY OURSELVES… wise words from a thoughtful boy. Interestingly, I was expecting lots of discussion about family rules- no fighting, use your manners, no yelling- instead, they focussed on positives, like spending TIME TOGETHER and BEING ACTIVE together. I do think we need to delve deeper into the how of GETTING ALONG but I’m glad they rate it with high importance for our best family.
I enjoyed this challenge, an interesting conversation with my children that gave me lovely little insights into their current values and family ideals. Also grateful that they seem very happy and content and proud of our family. I think we’re doing alright too 🙂