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When most parents think about mission statements, they think of non-profit organizations and businesses. But these documents work well for families, too. Though it may seem a little corny or too business-like, putting together a family mission statement can help you establish your family’s priorities.

A family mission statement can remind everyone about your family’s core values or what you love most about each other. It is simple and fun to develop as a family, so it’s a great project for family night. Your statement doesn’t have to be long or complicated. Something like “In our family, we love each other and we help each other” is enough (but if your kids want to brainstorm a long list, let them!).
Make cleaning your home or caring for your yard a responsibility the whole family shares. Create a list of chores and have everyone sign up. Then set up a time during the week or on the weekend when everyone can tackle their chores at the same time.

If your teens have a demanding schedule and need a little more flexibility, give them a deadline to have their chores completed.4 But remind them that doing chores together makes the job go much faster than doing them alone.

What’s more, doing chores together also can foster a sense of teamwork, especially if someone gets done early and is willing to help another family member complete their tasks. To make doing chores more rewarding, plan a small reward for when the work is done like getting ice cream together, watching a movie, or playing a board game.
Choose a few nights during the week when you expect everyone to gather around the dinner table.2 Don’t allow phones or other electronics. Just eat a meal and have a conversation together.

Studies have shown that eating meals together has positive effects on children’s physical and mental well-being. It can also reinforce communication and strengthen family bonds.3

If you’re unable to get together for dinner as a family because of busy schedules, try breakfast. The key is to come together and enjoy a meal free of distractions.

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