Oftentimes, in parenting, you experience stages of your life where your children are unruly. It can get to the point where you just don’t know what to do – how to direct them, how to teach them or guide them, or even spend time with them without getting frustrated. However, in his video Raising Positive Kids: Affirming Yourself, Family Mission, Zig Ziglar discusses something that can be applied to households with unruly children. What is this transformative trick? A mission statement.
When you develop a mission statement, you are developing a set of guidelines to be referred back to throughout your parenting. A mission statement is a statement of “your own objectives with your family.” It is a list, something you can come up with and then work with your family on perfecting, asking their opinion, “that way it becomes a true family mission statement,” so that you all have something to refer back to when moving through transitions in your life.
When it comes to unruly children, what a mission statement does is set guidelines. It sets parameters for your children to follow and for you to refer back to when they are acting out. It sets goals and it shows your children what kind of morals and values and behavior you expect without you having to constantly remind them. People are inherently dynamic and some days you may say something where in the next you say something different. What a mission statement will do is align your rules and your values and your morals in a clear, simple way that your children can understand. This will help them to know when they are misbehaving and when they are not.