Setting Goals in the Family

This post is from contributing writer Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What


“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine” Brian Tracy

In our family, one of the things we look forward to is setting new goals for a new year.  Reassessing the old year and looking forward to the new year can be a great family event.  The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day can be a good time to focus on some needed changes for the new year.  Writing down goals is a great habit to instill in our children.

Family Goals/Personal Goals

We encourage both personal and family goals.  Personal goals can vary widely of course and as parents part of our job is to help guide our children to setting worthy goals.  We can also gently guide them in areas where they struggle such as keeping a tidy room, doing tasks without complaining, or serving others.

Family goals can be such things as spiritual goals, making more time as a family for a Bible study or family prayer.  Good health goals, maybe as a family work on eating out less.  Older children can help with meal planning and meal prep, younger children can help with setting the table and clean up.  Family fitness can be improved by setting a goal to run a 5k together, trying new hiking/biking trails throughout the year, or just looking for ways to do more active things as a family.  Educational goals could be to learn a new skill as a family or read a set number of read alouds for the year.

Really the sky is the limit and just as all families are unique and different, all family goals will be unique and different.  The point is to jot down some tangible ways to grow and move forward as a family and as an individual.

Last year we took an evening to write down our goals on a small piece of card stock and then decorate them.  We made it special by listening to Christmas music, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate.  Everyone had a chance to talk about and share their goals.  My husband and I shared our goals too.  Then we hung our finished pieces on a bulletin board we have hanging by our back door.  The cards serve as a good reminder throughout the year.  At the end of the year we can take down our cards, discuss our old goals while creating new goals.

What are some ways that you encourage goal setting in your family?

 Jen is a wife to one amazing husband and mom to six energetic kids.  Visit Forever, For Always, No Matter What where she blogs about their Catholic faith, homeschooling and adoption, all while trying to fit in exercise and healthy eating.