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It’s a family mission.


I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. Start trying to lose weight immediately after two months of solid holiday face-stuffing? Why, though? New Year's resolutions only set you up for failure... but that doesn’t mean I don’t like resolutions at all.

While I proceed with caution with any kind of self-help book, I did stumble upon an interesting excerpt this morning on CNBC – “I raised 2 successful CEOs and a doctor—here’s one of the biggest mistakes I see parents making” written by author Esther Wojcicki (How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results).

The post’s title caught my attention – how could one mom raise not one, not two, but three successful kids? Give me all your tricks, woman. Once I started reading further I realized this woman raised three powerful women! Even better.

Side note: mad props to CNBC who didn’t put the word “women” in the headline. It’s nice when powerful women get recognized as people vs. as not-men. I digress…

The click-bait was there indeed – what big “mistakes” parents make? Not at all the point of the article. Really it was about raising your kids as good people.

This was one of those articles that made me feel – for once – like I’ve been doing a good job. Teach your kids to care, Wojcicki says. Teach them to care for one another and to participate in their community. I think I can resolve to do that.

So what’s my new resolution? I’d like to say it’s to make volunteering a family thing, and to keep it at the center of our family into my kids’ adult lives. But that’s a tall order. That means hours and hours of self-sacrifice… would that be worth it? Of course it would.

My kids will learn to put their community first; they’ll draw happiness from helping others out instead of from money or YouTube videos. Seems like a worthy investment, in my book. But I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to a life of volunteering, to be honest. So let's start smaller…

My resolution is to start with the “why.” I’m going to write a mission statement for my family. Companies have one, why shouldn’t the fam?

Look at these epic mission statements:

“To refresh the world…To inspire moments of optimism and happiness…To create value and make a difference.” – Coca-Cola

“To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.” – Microsoft

“To create a better everyday life for the many people.” – Ikea

“To spread the power of optimism.” – Life is Good

Those are meaningful purposes, right? Can't you imagine using a statement like this to guide your day, to center yourself?

A family mission statement? I can dig it. Let's explore a few options..

“To spread optimism, positive energy, and love to the world around us.”

“To put family first.”

“To live life love-first.

Nice options, right? I’m going to play around with these... I’ll tell Brian tonight, and he might think I’m crazy. But that wouldn’t be news to him, would it?

Check out Esther Wojcicki’s book on Amazon, or read the CNBC article, here. Maybe you’ll come up with your own crazy idea!

- Mama Kate


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