Happy New Year! Are you busy making resolutions? I always like to choose just one or two things to work on—more than that and I get overwhelmed. But today I wanted to share a simple habit we established with our kids that has been blessing our family for years.
When my two oldest were pretty young, I saw just a blip of a 60 Minutes segment showing a mom driving her kids to school. On the way, they were reciting a family motto. At the time, my oldest was having considerable behavioral issues, and I was starving for any positive ways to encourage harmony at home.
So the boys helped me draft what we call our family-team motto. We shamelessly stole the first few lines from the mom in the 60 Minutes special, but the rest we came up with based on our family values:
I’m a Pyper
I am smart
I always finish
What I start.
I tell the truth
Show love to others
And look out for
My sister and brothers.
And show respect
For our great nation.
I use my manners
And pleasant voices
And always strive
To make good choices.
Every day when we drive to school, we recite the motto. It’s been a good daily reminder of what kind of behavior is expected of Pypers, and when someone messes up, correction is sometimes easier because I can reference the motto by saying something like, “Oh, remember we use pleasant voices.”
What small things have you tried in your own homes to establish a family culture? I’m always eager to hear what’s working for other parents. •
I love your family motto idea Rebecca. Could Robert share this in our stake conference and give you credit for it of course. 😊
Sure—I’m very flattered! Thanks for asking, Renee.
Okay totally stealing this exact motto.
For us the family rule is “We are Kellys and Kellys follow the rule.” Thus if we ever need to implement a new rule it’s and open statement.
So one big rule in our house is “we are Kellys and Kellys share.” It’s helped us.
I like how your family fule is so open ended; then as your kids get older, you can just tack on whatever needs to be addressed at that stage. So smart!