What are your family goals? While there are different types of family goals, at the end of the day, we all want the same thing. We want our families to be happy, healthy, and strong. Also, we want to strengthen our unions (which is what you find yourself on this site), and we want to be the best possible parents. Here are a few tips you can try. My hope is this list of family goals can help your family, too.
Family Goals: 4 Tips to Make Your Family Stronger
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Building a Strong Family Unit
Sometimes, creating a strong family unit can feel like hard work. Admittedly, it is. There is nothing easy about building a strong foundation for yourself and the people you love most. It is hard work, but “hard” isn’t always a bad thing. Hard doesn’t always mean complicated. It doesn’t always mean “too much to handle.” Hard can just mean you are incredibly mindful of what you do before you do it because you know that the reach of your words and decisions are powerful.
1. Eat Together
Is everyone eating dinner at a different time? Even worse, is everyone eating dinner in a different place? Make an effort to eat with your family. The meal doesn’t need to be fancy and if you can’t do it daily, that’s understandable.
Tip: Just try to pick 3-4 days a week where everyone eats at least one meal together. Nothing beats the benefits of the good company and good food.
2. Play Together
Is constantly having fun a part of your family goals? When was the last time your family did something fun? Do you do fun things year-round? Are you under the impression that having fun is only for the summer or requires lots of spending? I hope I can change your mind.
Movie nights, board games, and strawberry picking are all low-cost ways to have fun with the family. Make “fun” a regular thing and make it a point to work it into your family’s hectic schedule. Playing together helps a family stay together.
3. Pray Together
Praying changes things. Praying together moves mountains. Take time to pray with your family. You can bless the food before and after meals. You can also say prayers at random moments throughout the week so that your children will see and feel how blessed your family is. If someone in the family is having a rough week, sit together and say a prayer together for them. That level of love and support is priceless.
4. Talk Together
Families need to communicate. If it doesn’t come naturally, turn it into a game. Create fun and random questions and write them on pieces of paper. Place them all in a jar and pull the jar out during dinner or dessert. The jar goes around and everyone picks a question to answer. It’s an activity I use as an icebreaker with college students, but it’s also a very easy way to help families connect without anyone feeling pressured to talk. Give it a try.
May you achieve your family goals by trying out our tips above. Believe or not, making a few easy changes in your family life can make all the difference in how happy you are, how satisfied you feel in your marriage, and how successful you are at raising strong, well-adjusted kids.
Do you have anything else to add to our list of tips about achieving family goals? Share it with us below, BMWK!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 20, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
These are good tips! My family and I do all these things together, only some of the time. Admittedly we don’t pray together all the time. Individual prayers are good, but prayer is that much more powerful as a family. Plus there’s that old cliche – A family that prays together stays together. Also the tip for getting the family to talk is fantastic. We talk to eachother, but when I ask the kids or even my hubby about certain topics it’s like pulling teeth. I will definitely give that tip a try.
So great to see that there’s an emphasis on sharing meals together on this list! It’s those purposeful times together as a family that really allow children great opportunities for positive growth and the chance to hear family stories.
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