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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Family Mission Statement & House Rules

About two years ago, the Hubs and I had a lengthy conversation about what we thought were the most important life qualities to impart to our children. Although this is a pretty open-ended question and could compel any number of answers, it was pretty much a no-brainer for us to agree upon our TWO MOST IMPORTANT. From that conversation, we unknowingly picked ourselves a family verse and determined a family mission statement. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Some might see a family mission statement as a bit militaristic. Perhaps you have visions in your head of our children being lined up like the VonTrapp family reciting a rather lengthy and litigious dissertation of "why we exist". This could not be further from the truth. The reality is, our mission statement is very short and sweet and has been lived out the past eleven years without our even realizing it. It is purposefully simple because, in truth, a mission statement is only useful if it is easy to remember and easy to implement. And with the eight and under crowd, simple means...well, about ten words or less.

Family mission statement and house rules-The Unlikely Homeschool


The day we became parents, we began imparting God's truth and love to our children, some of which came by deed (our living out a Christ-like example as best we could) and some of it came in word (through explanation or correction of/for behavior). Eventually, with the help of The Original 21 Rules of This House, I put some of the truths of our household and how we are to treat each other on paper and began repeating short phrases to the children that expressed these ideas.

Ironically, even before we ever sat down and put pen to paper to write out an "official family mission statement", it was evident in the way we parented and in our short parenting phrases, that we already had one; we just didn't know it yet.

Family Mission Statement

Our mission statement and family rules were written out a year ago and placed in my home companion notebook for easy reference.  And here they are...

Family Verse

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mission Statement

We live to love God and love others.

Short Parenting Phrases/House Rules

  1. We obey God.

  2. We love, honor and pray for one another.
  3. We tell the truth.
  4. We consider one another's interests ahead of our own.
  5. We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
  6. We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
  7. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
  8. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
  9. When someone is sad, we comfort him. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
  10. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
  11. We take good care of everything that God has given us.
  12. We do not create unnecessary work for others.


Do you have a family mission statement?

7 comments:

  1. Very encouraging... Thanks for sharing. Just before I read this, my thoughts had been to focus more on the lessons and qualities that my children will not get from their workbooks, but from living within our family and community.

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  2. That sounds like a fabulous mission statement! Thanks for sharing. Our family doesn't have an "official" mission statement, but our values and rules sound the same. :)

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! We are expecting our first in January and have spent a lot of time talking about how we want to raise our child(ren). We know we want to raise them in such a way that they learn to love God and that they develop their own faith overtime. Matthew 22:37-39 is a great verse and I love your house rules! Definitely sharing this with my husband! Thanks again! - you're newest follower.

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  4. I remember my parents using the 21 Rules of This House when I was a child! :)

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  5. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for your blog! I've looked through it all and I'm just amazed and hope to grow from it. May your family be blessed!

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