A mission statement is your lantern in the darkness

 I have been reading a lot about mission statements, intentions, and affirmations.  As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to remain focused on what you want in your life and for your children  you must have a focused set of words that embraces the values you want your children to have in life is a proactive process that will help them fulfill their dreams. It will be a tangible reminder of your goals when

  •    the laundry piles up, the cold season hits hard, and the phone won’t stop ringing.
  •   your child is struggling to learn the uppercase letters, you need to remind yourself that your true goal is for her not to write a perfect R but to be able to state her thoughts and ideas in words. 
  •  the momentum of society, the media and government, or your own self-doubts creep into your mind, you need a mission statement to keep you focused

I Homeschool Because...

Here is my homeschool mission statement:

     My homeschool mission is to introduce my children to a wide range of subjects and learning opportunities that will identify and develop their natural intelligences that will enable them to discover their purposes in life and to have the courage to pursue them, as they become adults who think critically, are self-reliant, respect all life, and live honestly and peacefully with others.

     Let's get started. Below is a list of values and synonyms that you can substitute to create your own.


Intelligences

strengths

gifts

talents

aptitudes

skills

abilities

Purposes

ambitions

goals

God-given 

direction

intention

passion


Courage

confidence

persistence

faith

assurance

trust

Self-reliant

independent

free

unrestrained

mature

intelligent

wise

humble

self-disciplined


Respectful

tolerant

cooperative

kind

loving

caring

compassionate

tranquil


Honesty

fair

just

sincere

trustworthy

reliable

dependable

integrity

have patience

Vision Statements For Each Child

Just as each child has her own personality, each child should have her own vision statements, which contains details of the vision that will give her a happy life. While this will change over time, encouraging your children to take responsibility for their dreams and begin the practice of deciding for themselves what they want and encouraging them to pursue their dreams will give them confidence and courage. A personal vision statement will answer many of these questions: 

    1. If I could do anything in life (and you can), what would be my dream work be?

     2.    How much money do I want in my life?

     3.    How do I want my family and friend relationships to be?

     4.    How do I want my health to be?

     5.    How do I want to contribute to a better world?

     There are many other areas of their lives that they could create goals for, but these will get them started in the right direction. Support them and encourage them to look at their goals daily to keep them in mind when they make decisions. For example, if they want a new game for one of their consoles, should they really buy that bag of potato chips or double ice cream cone. If they want to do something for the needy, perhaps they could collect gently used coats from homes in their neighborhood and donate them. Empower your children by encouraging them to take action to fulfill their dreams. 

Next, I invite you to share your mission statement and vision statements with us in the box below. Afterwards, if you would like to return to the home page now and share your mission statement, click on the link.

Share Your Mission and Vision Statements

Yes, declare it. Now you've written your mission statement,why not share it with us. Experts say that when you boldly state what your dreams, beliefs, and aspirations are, you make them more concrete and real.

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