The concept of creating a Family Mission Statement was something I learned about recently at a training. It came back to me last night in a particularly rough parenting moment where all my patience was lost. My husband, my rock, gave me a hug in our dark hallway while our eldest child continued to scream. His actions were enough to give me some resolve.
When re-entering the room, I was direct with our child and she reached a state of calm. While she then proceeded to read to us, my mind flashed back to that training a few weeks back. The instructor’s demeanor and outlook on life were admirable. And she noted one very important thing that aided in a positive turning point in her life; the creation of the family mission statement. I had never thought of doing that with my family. I find now a simple google search on the idea will provide you with many ideas on how to create one and show you different examples.
In the class I attended, our instructor was very open about how it helped strengthen a bond in her own family that needed repair. As I laid in my daughter’s bed last night, I knew the points I wanted to bring to our family meeting when creating this statement. A vow to not cause each other stress. And with a positive twist, to encourage joy, love, being yourself, and appreciating each other. And throw in there… forgiving and accepting, as that’s always needed!
So it’s a new day and I’m next to a bouquet of roses my husband sent me. They were timely, and the note simply stated he wanted them to put a smile on my face. Mission accomplished 😘. As I sit here admiring them I can’t help but notice the wonderful thing about them is not only their different vibrant colors… but also their similarities. Each rose while unique shares some characteristics; a lot like family.
The yellow rose: joy
The red rose: love
The white rose: new starts
The pink rose: gratitude
These roses and their meaning could be our family mission statement with no words needing to be said, and perhaps they will be if my family feels the same.
Because alone they are beautiful; but together they are glorious. Embrace togetherness. Embrace the love. Embrace family.
Happy Mother’s Day ❤️