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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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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