Family Meetings and Encouraging Words

We sit down and have a family meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s a way for our family of 6 to make sure we are all on the same page for the upcoming week, celebrate accomplishments from the prior week, and more. We assign chores, distribute allowance, plan our weekly menu and share our goals for the week. (I capture it all in my Erin Condren Life Planner… love that thing!)

One thing I’m good at is setting goals. I can set goals all day long… implementing and accomplishing those goals is a different story. As we sit down each week to discuss our goals from the week before, I’ve discovered I’ve passed on that lovely skill to my kids as well. We are all great at goal setting, but tend to fall short of following through and reaching our goals. I decided after several weeks of the same answer of “No” to the “Did you reach your goal?” question, it was time for a change.

After some research on helping kids (and adults) to set and reach their goals, I came up with the following solutions to help us reach our goals:

  1. Post goals in an open and accessible space… I keep our meeting notes in my planner, which is fine for me, but not great for everyone else. By posting each of our goals in a central location in our home, we can see them and are reminded of them daily.
  2. Set up systems for accountability… My kids are brilliant narks, and when it comes to goals, that’s a good thing. If Jacob knows Kelly has a goal to read everyday and she hasn’t, he’s going to happily remind her that she still needs to do what she committed to. Same with me and running… they have a crazy way of laying on the guilt if I fail to do what I’ve said I was going to.
  3. Be encouraging… It’s fun to know that other people see you are trying hard to reach your goals and they help you by encouraging you along the way. I’ve started sharing some of my favorite Hallmark cards with my kids just so they know I see them trying hard and know they can do anything they set their minds too! We’ve also set up a jar for the kids to write on slips of paper little things they catch each other doing to reach their goal. At each family meeting, we are reading those slips and drawing one name out for a special prize. Both the nominator and the nominee get the prize, which is a great way to encourage…well, being encouraging!

Goal setting and reaching your goals isn’t always easy… but with the right tools in place and a little encouraging help from your friends, anything is doable!

What are some of the ways you hold yourself and others accountable to reaching their goals? I’d love any ideas you have on how we can make reaching our goals more attainable!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow. I’m super impressed that you have a weekly family meeting. I don’t think our family has ever had a family meeting unless there was some kind of crisis. I want to be organized like you when I grow up. Okay…when I retire.

    As far as goal setting – I’m so bad. I usually set some goals around the first of each year but the follow through…well, I won’t go there. Looking forward to seeing what others post to get some inspiration!

  2. Lisa says

    Great post! I love your ideas, esp. this: “At each family meeting, we are reading those slips and drawing one name out for a special prize. Both the nominator and the nominee get the prize…”
    Fun!

  3. says

    Very cool Kristen. Great advice. We are all very goal driven in our house. All but one is a type A personality so we all have a list a mile long & hold ourselves accountable when we don’t accomplish everything on it. Usually it’s because of other things that have come up- but a big thing we try to teach the kids is how to prioritize things. Nothing on the want list gets looked at until the need list is complete.

  4. says

    I think in general we’re all pretty good at setting goals… but not good at actually seeing them through (think New Years)! I wish I was better at attaining my goals, but here are 3 keys that help (when use them!) I really think attainable goals posted where you can see them every day is one key.

    The other key is that if you don’t reach a goal – don’t give up but recommit – studies show those that keep resolutions are those that struggled then recommitted.

    Also having the broken down into how you are going to achieve it helps – for example: I’m going to stay within a budget vs. Before I spend any money I will make sure I have money to spend (which usually will require me to update our finances before going shopping.)

  5. says

    Great post. I am forwarding to all the mom’s I know. It kind of makes me want a family so we can have Sunday gathering. I wonder if it would work with Lenny?

  6. Liz Katkics Thompson says

    Sounds like you guys are well on your way to getting things done. I post one of those giant desk calendars on our kitchen wall and it is our command central…6 different colored pens…old school, but it works for us.

  7. Maranda Medina says

    Those are really great tips! Right now my kiddos are still little & with The Hubble still deployed I don’t have anyone to help keep me on track with my goals. But I love this post & I love the idea of the encouragement jar. Thanks for the ideas! I’m definitely going to use some of these in the future!

  8. Maranda Medina says

    Those are really great tips! Right now my kiddos are still little & with The Hubble still deployed I don’t have anyone to help keep me on track with my goals. But I love this post & I love the idea of the encouragement jar. Thanks for the ideas! I’m definitely going to use some of these in the future!

  9. Renee Jurgens Goerger says

    You sound like such an amazing mom Kristin! Both my boys are grown, but looking back I wish I had done more stuff like this with them. Good for you for seeing things through. I too am a good goal setter but not always good to accomplish them. Your post was very insightful for me.

  10. says

    I’m also good at goal setting but bad at follow-through…keeping my goals in an obvious place definitely helps a lot! So does setting reasonable goals so I know I have no excuse not to complete them :) I find it helps to set limits for myself such as “I have to complete this aspect of my goal before I can…” Keeps me on track and focused and gives me a reward to look forward to!

  11. says

    Kristen,
    We do a weekly family meeting, also, but it has a different focus and is absolute torture for our young teens – according to them!
    As part of the meeting, we do a compliment circle where we each give a compliment to every person. Of course, it brings tears to my eyes when everyone is doing me!
    For accomplishing goals for the week, I don’t do that now that my kids are older. I used to have a weekly chart that was on the refrigerator and was a check off type chart.
    Now, I go with the “To Do List” for weekend things – chores, chicken coop, room cleaning, etc. the bigger items.
    It was hard at first for me to let go and NOT micro manage my kids during the week with school, piano, etc. but I love it! I have more time to spend on Pinterest ;)
    Pretty pictures – of course!

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