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  • Family Vision Statement: Why Do We Need One?

    Make your family and home life more meaningful by coming up with your own vision and mission statement. We share with you a few pointers on how to do so.
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
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    Creating your family vision statement
    Establishing the direction and purpose of your family is also known as creating a family vision. According to the website www.FamilieswithPurpose.com, “the family vision is an articulation of your ideal family life and what you want your family to be.  It is that picture you see in your mind when you think about how you want your family life to be.”

    Things to keep in mind:
    • Before you get started, decide on who you will include in the family vision drawing-process. Some families prefer to include the grandparents, especially if they are living together under one roof.

    • Families that have both parents present should remember to consider marriage when completing the vision, as it is a vital aspect of every family. (You could say it is the “glue” of every family.)

    • Each family consists of different people who each have their own needs and wants. Be sure to include everyone’s needs, wants and opinions.

    • Children (even the little ones!) also have needs and wants, though they might not be able to express these verbally. Assist them.

    • Everyone involved in the process should be honest with one another. Be honest with yourself too.

    • Refrain from judging others’ opinions and thoughts. Every family member has a right to their own thoughts and feelings and shouldn’t be judged for their ideas.

    • If you consider faith and religion to be an important part of your family life, you may want to pray together as a family before creating your family vision drawing. Catholic families may even opt to attend Holy Mass together prior to doing the activity.

    Creating the family vision
    Step 1:
    Start with a clean sheet of paper. Ask each family member these questions:

    What makes you happy? What are the things in life that put a smile on your face and get you through your difficult days?

    (Examples: family bonding sessions; being kind to one another; sharing meals together; playing with friends; weekly dates with our spouse; etc)

    Give everyone some time to think about their answers, then choose a family member to go first. (Or ask someone to volunteer.)

    Step 2:
    The family member then chooses a spot on the blank paper to draw a picture of what makes them happy. The rest of the family then follows suit.

    Step 3:
    Once all the family members have drawn out their answers, get another sheet of blank paper and ask the next questions:

    What makes us fulfilled? What are those things in life that bring us the most satisfaction and leave us with the feeling of completeness?

    (Examples: Learning new skills; volunteering at a favorite charity; getting promoted at work; getting good grades in school; doing well in sports; etc.)

    Younger kids may respond better to these questions: “What makes you most proud?” or “What things do you do that make you most want to tell Dad and Mom about?” Kids this age [preschool and below] usually get their sense of accomplishment from the basic needs of life e.g. love, safety, accomplishment.

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