Recently, we've decided to try a new approach. One that aims to pull us together as a coherent, cohesive, cooperative family "team". A family unit who genuinely cares about the goals, objectives, morals and values of each individual as well as the family as a whole.
It has two parts. The first part was deciding on and writing down our family rules. The rules this family lives by, in our house as well as out and about. Here are our family rules, signed by each family member and posted on our refrigerator:
We believe this will (and in its first week, has already started to) bring us together as a cohesive, cooperative team and drive us toward accomplishing things important to us, while holding us accountable to one another. We have the opportunity to lift each other up, keep each other and ourselves on track, and if we ALL of us complete our five goals by the end of the week, we have a family reward, chosen at the family meeting. We each have a small personal reward we can achieve, too.
Here is our first week's goal sheet:
I'm excited to see how this helps our family grow over time. It's very similar to ideas I had as a child that just weren't implemented, because... well, I was only a child. What did I know, right?!
Hehe... Let me know if you do anything similar with your family, or if you have any questions for me.
Have a great Friday!