Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
The new year stands peeking its head around the corner and now that Christmas is over, it’s the next event in line for our attention. This means party planning, resolution making, staying up late, and getting back in the homeschool saddle after a holiday break.
It’s also a natural time to consider where we are, where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there. Instead of resolutions many thoughtful bloggers, like Ali Edwards and Gretchen Rubin, recommend choosing one meaningful word to focus on for your new year.
Last year I did this as well. I chose the word “anticipation,” and 2010 has certainly lived up to it.
This year I’m thinking about words, not just for myself, but for my entire family. What key ideas define us and our purpose? Brainstorming your own list of words is another way to craft a family mission statement.
Having a completed list clearly narrows down the bombardment of choices you have to deal with in your day-to-day lives. It makes refocusing easier when you stumble off track or lose your way temporarily. It also simplifies your homeschool planning as you seek to find which curriculum or educational philosophy fits with who you are as a family unit.
Need a little help getting started? Read on to see a sampling of my family’s purposeful words:
Living up to your family’s words is far easier than aiming for some random resolution that may be popular with millions elsewhere, but doesn’t fit your unique needs.
Find the words that relate to who you want to be–define them, focus on them, and achieve them in a peaceful 2011 with your loved ones.
This post is brought to you by Oak Meadow Curriculum and School, a curriculum that is making our family’s homeschool more purposeful. Check out their online curriculum samples covering grades PreK to 12th.
What purposeful words immediately come to mind when you think of your family?