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Mission Statements of Parenthood

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.


  • Tanis Miller 1 of 14
    Tanis Miller
    To never bury any more children. Everything else is gravy.
    Read more from Tanis on Hogwash From a Hoser Redneck Mommy Style
  • John Cave Osborne 2 of 14
    John Cave Osborne
    To love my children so much that they feel like the most special kids on the planet, yet to discipline them such that they realize they're no different from anyone else.
    Read more from John on JCO Multiplied
  • Karen Walrond 3 of 14
    Karen Walrond
    To love her to death, while raising her to be strong, independent and ready to stand on her own as an adult.
    Read more from Karen on Bliss Your Heart
  • Anissa Mayhew 4 of 14
    Anissa Mayhew
    When I hold each one close and whisper you're my favorite, they know they ARE.
    Read more from Anissa on Anissa's Free Babble
  • Larua Mayes 5 of 14
    Larua Mayes
    To provide enough love, support, guidance, forgiveness, and food, with equal enough boundaries and compassion, so that he doesn't grow up to be a jerk.
    Read more from Laura on Hitting Refresh
  • Mary Lauren Weimer 6 of 14
    Mary Lauren Weimer
    To parent each of my children according to their unique needs: their age, where they are developmentally, their personality, and what they are capable of.
    Read more from Mary Lauren on Toddler Times
  • Tracey Gaughran-Perez 7 of 14
    Tracey Gaughran-Perez
    To give her all the love and support and strength she needs to know that she can do anything she wants to do, and be anything she wants to be. Unless she wants to be a hobo or circus clown, of course.
    Read more from Tracey on Sweetney & Spice
  • Joanne Bamberger 8 of 14
    Joanne Bamberger
    To make sure our daughter knows she is loved, cared for and protected. To give her enough room to grow as a person. And to make sure she knows that there is nothing she can do that will ever make us stop loving her.
    Read more from Joanne on Pundit Mom's Spin Cycle
  • Sarah Braesch 9 of 14
    Sarah Braesch
    Whatever works.
    Read more from Sarah on That's Right. You Heard Me.
  • Shawn Burns 10 of 14
    Shawn Burns
    To raise my kids to be interesting, considerate, happy and funny enough to be worth hanging out with when they're 30.
    Read more from Shawn on Parenting Off the Map
  • Asha Dornfest 11 of 14
    Asha Dornfest
    To love, lead, learn and listen.
    Read more from Asha on The Accidental Expert
  • Doug French 12 of 14
    Doug French
    I've always liked the idea from "Jitterbug Perfume": Life is like digestion, and only the beet departs the body the same color it went in. My hope is to raise kids who, despite being "devoured by parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits, and gnawed by age" can hold on to their "divine blush."
    Read more from Doug on The Turbid Spume
  • Whit Honea 13 of 14
    Whit Honea
    I want my kids to be happy and to influence happiness in others. Everyone should know the sound of their laughter.
    Read more from Whit on Dadding
  • Isabell Kallman 14 of 14
    Isabell Kallman
    Isabell has already thought of this concept. (Great minds!) Only she took it a step further. Check out her family manifest by clicking HERE
    Read more from Isabell on Thinking Out Loud

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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