Dec 302019

Teaching your child the value in setting goals takes confidence, and it needs to come from you.

We often share the importance of creating objectives and working together as a team, but here’s something we’re working on this year: setting family goals.

Our children are getting a better understanding of the world around them. It’s a critical time in their lives to learn things we didn’t know at their age.

With a curious six-year-old who has been asking questions about religion and life in general, we knew it was time to focus on other important topics. These conversations will help build his future and his way of thinking.

As parents of multiple children, setting family goals will be a great tradition for us to continue as the years go by. Also, focusing on tasks they can accomplish to help reach their dream is valuable at any age.

Thinking Of Goals That Matter

Whether you’re writing down ideas or thinking of ways to improve old ones, it’s important to understand the end goal.

As a family of three kids and two pups, our goals may look different than yours, and that’s okay. It’s all about focusing on the essentials, for you.

Do you plan on setting family goals? Here are some ways to get started.
Do you plan on setting family goals? Here are some ways to get started.

Here are 5 ways you can begin jotting down family goals for the upcoming year:

1. Think of things you need to accomplish.

Starting out with the essentials is always a good idea. This way, you can get to the things you’d like to accomplish as well. Remember, you do what you need to do to get where you want to be.

2. Write down small goals that coincide with the bigger ones.

It’s easy to think of the bigger goals, but it’s hard to cross them off you don’t have a plan of action. Focusing on smaller goals to reach your ultimate one is key to accomplishing more each step of the way.

3. Decide on ways you’ll be tracking your family’s progress.

Whether you’ll be pulling out a notebook or tracking things on a sheet, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on where you are with your family goals. If you’re competitive like us, then this will be perfect for bonding as well.

4. Ask your kids questions about the things they would like to see happen in the upcoming months.

When we’ve asked our kids about the things they’d like to add to our weekly schedule, it’s always been more family time. For us, one of our goals is to focus more on family-friendly activities. This will allow us to make time for each other, and not have anyone feel left out.

5. Add fun ones, too!

Yes, fun goals do exist. Maybe it’s to travel more by visiting family and friends. Regardless of what those fun ones might look like to your family, it will have to be something everyone can agree on.

Questions To Ask When Setting Family Goals

Whenever we plan something that involves the kids, we think of ways they can add their input. Whether it’s a gathering at our home or at someone’s, we do our best to keep them top of mind.

Including the kids in creating ideas to improve your lives together, is something that can help you bond with them.

Here are a handful of questions to ask the kids when writing down ideas together:

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. What kind of business would you like to have?
  3. How much money would you like to save?
  4. What would you like to do this summer?
  5. Is there anything you’d like to learn?
  6. How would you like to leave the world?
  7. What is your favorite topic at school?
  8. What makes you happy?
  9. What would you like to see someday?
  10. What parts of your life do you enjoy most?

Do you plan family goals every year? Share some ideas below!

BONUS: 2020 Vision Board For Kids Sheet.

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. Although I don’t have a family, I live by myself. Those are still great tips for goal setting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this idea! My husband and I set our own personal goals and work together on goals for both of our businesses and family goals. But I hadn’t thought to include the boys in the process. They are still young, at only 4 and 6, but I think they could understand it well enough.

  3. Such a great idea. I love that through small goal setting we are teaching our kids about accomplishing tasks and following through. Actually, this year we started a blessings jar. Every week we write what we are thankful for and at the end of the year we can look back and talk about those things. Next year, we may do both as a family. Goal settings and the blessing jar

  4. Our daughter is only 3, so I don’t think she would quite get the concept, lol! It’s a great idea though to encourage kids to set goals and maybe talk about how they plan to achieve those goals.

  5. I first learned of setting family goals in the book Desperate. Sally Clarkson talked about setting family goals in it and I loved the concept! We need to refocus on our goals again. We try to do that once a year.

  6. This is a great idea when kids are old enough to participate. It makes them feel included and makes a family more of a team. I love this!

  7. I think family goal setting is so important. My parents did a few with my siblings and I as a kid and the ideas behind it have really stuck with me as an adult.

  8. I think adding fun family goals are exciting. Also having the kids put their input is cute and it will make them more involved!

  9. Thank you for sharing these guide questions. I would love to start setting our family goals. It is a perfect way to get insights as well on what’s going on with our kids.

  10. This is a great idea – setting family goals, aside from personal goals. It would be easier to achieve a certain goal if everyone works together to achieve it. Even if January is almost over, I still can do this with my family. Thanks for the tips.

  11. We usually stay in every year on New Year’s Eve and make vision boards. {This year was crazy and we still haven’t done them, but it’s on my list of things to do this weekend}. It’s so important to teach kids how to set goals!

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