This blog post was originally published on our old website on June 24, 2011
I was talking with a mom this week during a portfolio evaluation appointment about her home school mission statement. She had it type-written and clearly displayed at the front of her daughter's portfolio and was two or three paragraphs long.
As I read it I nodded my head. Yes, yes, yes, I need to do this. Why? As Dr. Stephen Covey, author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families says, "Every decision we make is ultimately governed by some kind of interest or goal or objective or value or principle, whether we know it or not."
Covey goes on to say (regarding a family mission statement) that, "A Family Mission Statement is an effort to bring to an explicit level what your goals and values are so that people are on the same page."
This holds true for home schooling as well. We want to be sure that we are all on the same page yes, but more than that, (and as this mom said to me Saturday,) we "want to remind ourselves of why we're doing what we're doing.
As home schooling parents we can get bogged down in the daily grind of life. Work commitments, household chores, community activities, the needs of other family members; these all take our time and attention, and we can often lose sight of not only where we're going, but why.
A mission statement can help keep us on track and guide us when the road gets rough.
I think I'm going to spend some time thinking about this. What about you?