In our 21st century lives, families are transforming daily. Families are adding members, refashioning who is a family member and reinventing family structure. Just how do we keep sharing our family values, inviting inclusiveness and minimizing destructive and hurtful conversations? Having a family motto helps all your family define what’s important.
Family mottos not family bickering
It’s all too often we find ourselves saying, keep your hands to yourself and pick up your stuff. We can fashion that into a family motto that shares how we respect each other and take care of our belongings. It’s more about how we treat each other that we want to convey to our family.
Here’s some family mottos “” from Real Simple that struck a chord with me.
“You always have a choice to make someone’s day better or worse. Choose wisely.” – Jessica
“You are capable of great things. That’s why I expect great things.” – Christi
“You become an average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely.” – Rory
How to build your family motto
Family meetings are an important part of your family life. During a meeting, it’s time to start the conversation. Remember, your motto is about the “we” of your family. Focus on the positive outcome or best practice, instead of using don’t or shouldn’t. Start with your top 3 values that are authentic to your family. Write these down together, post them where everyone can see, and refer to them frequently. For more insights, check out the inspiration for this post.
Family mottos can be the glue for your family. It’s also what we want our family to remember when we need to be resilient. Craft a meaningful motto at your next family meeting.
Want more on on family organizing and #ADHD family organizing? Join my newsletter here.