Have you ever had a family friend tell you the examples of family goals that their family has accomplished, and you think, “How did they find the time to get them done?” It’s easy for families to get caught up in what has to get done regularly. School, homework, chores, sports practice, meals, music lessons, art classes, parents’ jobs, yard work, walking the dog…the list of what needs to be accomplished on an average day could go on and on. How can you accomplish something new as a family?
This is where family goals come in.
What are family goals? Family goals go beyond simply wishing your family could accomplish a certain task. They are specific things the family agrees it wants to achieve together that are discussed, written down, and made time for.
Examples of family goals include short term goals - those that can be accomplished in a day or a week - and long term goals - those that need a month to a year to accomplish. Both should be included in your family goals planning.
Using SMART Goals
To ensure the types of family goals your family sets are reasonable, The Children’s Center suggests setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. This means the goal should be:
Specific: When goals are specific, it’s easier to achieve them.
Measurable: Define how you know the goal will be met.
Achievable: Make sure the family has the resources to achieve the goal. It may be challenging, but it should not be impossible.
Relevant: Does the goal excite everyone? Does everyone benefit from it?
Timely: Set deadlines. Make sure they include both short term family goals and long term family goals.
Use a Family Journal to Help Reach Family Goals
Recording family goals is important. Some families use whiteboards or chalkboards to write down goals. Those are options, but it’s easy for them to get smudged or erased entirely. A permanent option is to use a family journal. A journal can hold your family goals all in one place. It can be a record of the goals your family wants to achieve. A journal can also be a record of goals that have been met - something whiteboards and chalkboards can’t do.
Our Family Journal is an undated, bound, durable, hardback book designed for kids and their parents to use together. It can be used for a family goals journal and much more.
What are some family goals and objectives your family can write in their Family Journal? Here are seven designed to bring order and clarity to your family and your goals.
7 Examples of Family Goals
By setting and accomplishing short and long term family goals, kids will learn how to set and achieve goals, how important their input is to the family, and responsibility. The whole family will end up spending more time together, too.
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