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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. While he’s name dropping, it’s only fair to point out that Ashton Kutcher tweeted one of John’s YouTube videos, but it may have only been because Ashton felt sorry for him. After all, John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, he and his wife have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. They all live chaotically in Knoxville, TN with Briggs the dog.

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Mission Statements of Parenthood

By John Cave Osborne |

Have you ever had to come up with a mission statement? Back when I worked for GE Capital, it seemed we had mission statements for everything. And when a business partner and I started a granite countertop company in 2003, I found myself pondering mission statements once again.

Shortly after the triplets were born, something occurred to me. Given that I was no stranger to crafting mission statements for various enterprises, shouldn’t the institution of parenting be one of them? I decided it should be, so I came up with one. And just last week, I got curious as to what some of the other Babble writers would come up with if they crafted a mission statement of their own.

This is the part where I tell you that I’m only 50-50 on mission statements. Because, let’s face it, to an extent, they’re hokey. And I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. In fact, in soliciting responses, I got the following one from Kid Scoop writer Buzz Bishop (aka Dad Camp): “My parenting mission statement is I have no mission statement. Is there anything wrong with ‘ad lib parenting?’ ”

Nothing wrong with it at all. But the one thing that’s extremely cool about going through the formality of creating a mission statement is that it really does make you think about what you’re trying to accomplish. So, to that end, I found the exercise to be a fun one — way more fun than the corporate statements I created. And some of my colleagues here seemed to have fun with them, too. Check out these great responses I got, and as you do, be thinking about what your parental mission statement would be.

UPDATE: Thanks to some good ol’ fashioned email snafus, I never received the mission statement that Tanis Miller was good enough to submit. So I’ve  just added it to the list and decided it deserved to go first, for several reasons, my admiration for Tanis and the perspective it lends being chief among them.

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Parental Mission Statements

Tanis Miller

To never bury any more children. Everything else is gravy.
Read more from Tanis on Hogwash From a Hoser Redneck Mommy Style

So there you go. Now it’s your turn. Talk to us. Let us know what your parenting mission statement is.

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months after marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, they have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. Read bio and latest posts → Read John's latest posts →

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13 thoughts on “Mission Statements of Parenthood

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  2. the muskrat says:

    Like you, I’ve resisted doing this exercise for my firm (though I did it when I first started, because some ecourse told me to), but more and more, I’m hearing people talk about its importance in the professional realm. As far as a personal or parenting one, however, I don’t think I could outdo what others have written above!

    If I had to give it a try on the fly, I’d say my personal parenting mission statement would go something like this: to be what they need when they need it for the rest of their lives: I want to be their rock when the rest of the world disappoints or fails them.

  3. Dawn Lantero says:

    Our family has Family Responsibilities rather than a Mission Statement. They are:

    Count your blessings
    Do your chores
    Go to Mass
    Act in a Loving Manner towards Parents and Siblings

    By following these we will accomplish our mission, to form a loving, appreciative, spiritually connected, hardworking family!

  4. Buzz Bishop says:

    My response, “In Defense of Ad Lib Parenting,” will be published on Tuesday.

  5. john cave osborne says:

    muskrat, dawn, those are both great. and buzz, no defense needed! as i said in my piece, nothing wrong with ad lib parenting at all. i mean, isn’t that what we all do? just thought this was a catchy concept and a fun exercise. look fwd to seeing your piece. have a nice weekend.

  6. Greg says:

    Our goal is not to be good parents or create good kids. Our mission is to create happy, confident, and successful adults capable of finding the happiness we have found.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Mine is simple–I want to “work myself out of a job.” That means my children will no longer depend on me for their Spiritual, Physical, Mental or Financial needs. They will be independent adults responsible for themselves. I want to still be involved in their lives and continue to pray for them.

  8. Julia Roberts says:

    Advocate for them and let them see it, while hoping one day they can do it for themselves.

  9. ML@My3LittleBirds says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for including me in this post, John.

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  11. IzzyMom says:

    I don’t have a parenting mission statement but yours is EXACTLY how I try to raise my own kids. Great minds and all that :)

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