Recently we have been establishing family mottos. These are statements about who we are and what we do. We try to keep them powerful, general, and few so that they will cover many aspects of our lives. Here are our two:
We do hard things.
We follow what Jesus wants us to do.
So many aspects of life are hard. I hear all the time, "But that is so harrrrd!" and I reply, "Yep, and we do hard things." This can cover homework, life skills, piano practicing, working on friendships when they are rocky, standing up for what we believe, etc.
Along with life, we are a very Christ centered family. We have high standards for modestly dressing, listening to uplifting music, being kind to others, going to church, serving others, no sex before marriage, no drinking, smoking, drugs, etc, etc. We do these things because we believe Jesus wants us to. But instead of stating a rule for each thing, we can just say, "What does Jesus want you to do?"
It is amazing at how powerful these are, and how they help drive our lives. I would love to hear what your family mottos are and how they help you!