This Month’s Parenting Class: The Power of a Family Goal
In our fast-paced culture, it’s easy to feel like our families are coming apart at the seams. The more our schedules pack full of activity the less we see each other at home. Mom is racing one kid to basketball practice and dad is running another to ballet. Dinner might happen together once a week with all the things going on. Then there is the pressure mom and dad feel from work or the master’s degree that is a few years from being finished. Many families can relate to this pace and most of us feel overwhelmed. Where has our “family life” gone?
This month we want to help you get a grip on that “out of control” pace and find a way to unite your family in a common direction. We want to talk about the power of family goals!
When you think about goals you probably think about the gym or work. We leverage goals all the time in other areas of our lives but rarely do we leverage goals with our family. Maybe our family feels out of control because we are not headed in any specific direction. We are just moving from crisis to crisis. We don’t know what to say yes or no to. We are just moving day to day on autopilot. Having a goal brings direction. When we have a family goal or several family goals then we solve so much of the chaos we are experiencing.
Embracing goals in your family life is more simple than you think. A family goal is a priority that the entire family rallies around. Family goals are also not eternal; they change from season to season. A family goal could be mom tackling her master’s degree. Another could be helping your youngest bring her math grade up. A fun goal could be save enough money for new pool in the back yard. A spiritual goal could be to not miss Sunday service at church for 6 months. The important thing about a family goal is that it’s clear to everyone in the family and it shapes all the other choices the family is making. The goal brings clarity!
So, let me give you some family goal tips to think about…
• Choose family goals with your spouse and include your kids. // Family goals have to have buy in with your spouse first and then your kids. Make sure everyone understands the goal and talk about it often.
• Place time boundaries on your family goals. // Goals need time limits. Goals have to be measurable and limited in scope. Make sure you put a time frame on your family goals.
• Celebrate when family goals are met! // This is so big. Family goals that end in celebration teach the entire family to process what’s next because they want to celebrate again. Everyone loves winning and accomplishing goals.
• Use your family goal as a way to stay balanced as a family. // You can’t do everything. Your family can’t do everything either! Use your family goals to choose what your family does or doesn’t do. Leave the fear of missing out behind and focus on your goals!
This month let’s try and leverage goals so we can calm the chaos in our homes. Use your next family goal to get your family life back!
- Parenting Class 1: What Do I Do When My Child Is Getting Bullied?
- Parenting Class 2: What Do I Do When My Child Always Wants More?
- Parenting Class 3: What Do I Do When My Child Is Struggling at School?
- Parenting Class 4: How Do I Help My Child When They Are Trapped by Fear?
- Parenting Class 5: My Child and Technology in the Home
- Parenting Class 6: Teaching Our Kids Honor Through Discipline
- Parenting Class 7: Time Management for Your Family
- Parenting Class 8: Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend
- Parenting Class 9: Helping Your Child Embrace Gratefulness
- Parenting Class 10: How Do I Teach My Child To Be Respectful?
- Parenting Class 11: Taming Our Kids Emotional Meltdowns
- Parenting Class 12: Creating an Empathetic Child
- Parenting Class 13: How to Get Your Child to Do More Than Play Wii/Cultivating Good Work Habits
- Parenting Class 14: Encouragement vs. Perfectionism
- Parenting Class 15: Helping Kids Process Evil
- Parenting Class 16: Keeping Our Children Safe Online
- Parenting Class 17: How to Handle Bed Time without a Fight
- Parenting Class 18: Allowing Your Kid to Struggle
- Parenting Class 19: Dealing with a Rebellious Child
- Parenting Class 20: Fun Ways to Study Scripture with Your Child
- Parenting Class 21: How to Have a Scream Free Home
- Parenting Class 22: How to Speak “Kid Language”
- Parenting Class 23: Overcoming Failures
- Parenting Class 24: Preparing for Puberty
- Parenting Class 25: Helping Your Child Know When and If to Quit
- Parenting Class 26: Establishing Healthy Gaming Boundaries
- Parenting Class 27: What If You Don’t Like Your Child’s Friend
- Parenting Class 28: Scriptures You Can Pray for Your Kids
- Parenting Class 29: Teaching Your Kids About Mercy
- Parenting Class 30: When Family Devotions Go Wrong
- Parenting Class 31: 4 Personal God Things to Share with Your Child
- Parenting Class 32: The Importance of a Childhood Inventory
- Parenting Class 33: How to Fight Fair
- Parenting Class 34: A Third Party
- Parenting Class 35: How to Infuse God into Everyday Life
- Parenting Class 36: Helping Around the House
- Parenting Class 37: Manners, Politeness, and Respect
- Parenting Class 38: Conversations Through TV and Movies
- Parenting Class 39: Money Management and Allowance
- Parenting Class 40: Developing Good Study Habits
- Parenting Class 41: Handling Anger, Frustration, and Arguments
- Parenting Class 42: Shame Versus Guilt
- Parenting Class 43: Discipline Versus Punishment
- Parenting Class 44: Do I Parent Using Shame
- Parenting Class 45: Parenting Yourself
- Parenting Class 46: Combating Shame
- Parenting Class 47: The Power of Empathy
- Parenting Class 48: No Perfect Parent
- Parenting Class 49: Disrespectful Speech and Attitudes
- Parenting Class 50: The Potential of Saying “No”
- Parenting Class 51: Moms and Sons
- Parenting Class 52: Dads and Daughters
- Parenting Class 53: Parenting from a United Front
- Parenting Class 54: Embracing the Power of a Schedule
- Parenting Class 55: Cyberbullying
- Parenting Class 56: Helping Your Child Be More Confident