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Last Updated on December 14, 2020

How to Set Family Goals to Build a Happy Family (With Examples)

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How to Set Family Goals to Build a Happy Family (With Examples)

The demands and pressures of work and the desire to be successful in life may overshadow the need to take care of the home front. If this happens, it can take its toll on your family if you do not set family goals to address this need. You can claim to be working hard for your family, but your family might be suffering because of your work and other commitments.

The demands of the family unit can be overwhelming: you have your spouse to look after and share your time and affection with, and you probably have children who are depending on your availability, care, and support for their positive growth and development.

The failure to plan family life as we plan for our work, career, and social activities can be a reason why families fall apart. Specific family goals can help avoid this.

Highlighted below are insights on how you can set your family goals. They are placed alongside some examples of goals that can bring about harmony in your family life.

What Are Family Goals?

There are different ways that one can look at family goals. One way is that they represent the desires you plan to achieve for your family. However, another opinion sees family goals as “any goal that inherently involves another member of your family in order to accomplish it.”[1]

Looking at it this way, it becomes clear that you can’t achieve your family goals without the cooperation of your family members. For example, setting a goal to maintain peace within your family requires the cooperation of your partner (and perhaps your children) to accomplish.

Why Is It Important to Set Family Goals?

Whatever comes out of your family is the product of your decisions and that of your spouse or partner.

While you can experience some level of success as an individual, your success becomes more meaningful when your family is able to feel your impact. As a spouse or parent, you have to take responsibility to ensure that your family is headed in the right direction, which is why it is important to set family goals.

A happy family doesn’t just happen by luck or chance; it is a product of both good intentions and sometimes hard decisions to make your family successful.

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How to Set Family Goals

Setting goals for your family shouldn’t be a difficult task. Here are some things to consider to make setting your family goals easy and fun.

1. What Do You and Your Spouse Want for Your Family?

Every family is unique, so you have to decide with your spouse what you want for your family. Think about how you want your family to look every day, or what you would like to achieve in a month, a year, or in 3, 5 or 10 years.

2. Which Families Do You Want to Emulate?

There are good examples of some families that you might like to emulate. What have you observed that you think are desirable virtues you can imbibe in your family? Write them down and check if you can work out similar things for your family.

3. What Have You Seen in Other Families That You Want to Avoid?

Have you seen anything around you that you perceive as threats to families? It is time to set your own goals to make sure that you don’t experience them.

For example, getting home late perpetually can strain the relationship between a husband and wife. If you notice this trend, you might want to set a goal to return home daily at a scheduled time.

4. What Are the Current Challenges in Your Family?

Most problems in families persist because both husband and wife (and possibly children, too) have not taken the time to discuss them. When you talk about the challenges and discuss the possible solutions, then you can come up with family goals that will address those problems.

5. How Can You Keep Your Family Strong, Healthy, and Happy?

Keeping your family strong, healthy, and happy should be top priorities in your goal setting. The following are identified as characteristics of strong families: effective communication, affective involvement, encouragement, appreciation, commitment to family, social connectedness, ability to adapt, clear roles, time together, etc.[2]

Think about how you can develop these attributes in your family and set goals towards them.

20 Examples of Family Goals

Ready to set your family goals? Find some examples below to guide and inspire you.

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1. Maintain Mutual Respect

One of the causes of conflict in the home is the lack of respect for one another. Mutual respect is described as “speaking to one another in a respectful and considerate fashion, keeping your partner in mind when making decisions, and responding to your partner’s needs and wants.”[3]

2. Raise Responsible, Productive, and Happy Children

Raising responsible children doesn’t just happen by chance. Parents with grown-up children know this. You have the chance the plan how responsible, productive, and happy you want your children to be.

3. Have an Active Religious or Spiritual Life

If you follow a religion, religious devotion can play a key role in marriages. On one side, it can help you to maintain spiritual and moral uprightness; on another, it helps you belong to a community of people where your family can also get external support and encouragement.

4. Generate Sufficient Finances

There is a cliché that says money is the sugar in the tea of marriage. While that can be a subject of debate, the truth is that a lack of sufficient funds in the family can create stress and tension. Therefore, setting a goal to generate adequate funding for your family needs is a goal worth pursuing.

5. Have and Run a Family Financial Plan

You have to create a long term financial plan for your family. This includes considering saving plans, investment plans, child education plans, etc. You can also help your children learn about finances by offering chore money that they have to put into a savings account.

If you’re not sure how to start making a financial plan, this article may be able to help.

6. Deal With Conflict Maturely

You can’t avoid conflicts or misunderstandings in the family, but you can determine to deal with them decisively and maturely. Setting a workable pattern for conflict resolution is a goal you should consider.

7. Grow up and Old Together (Longevity)

The primary purpose of marriage is companionship, and one of the ways to maximize this is to live a long time together. Plan the things under your own control to live long together, such as reducing stress, living happily, eating healthy, and exercising.

8. Maintain Open and Productive Communication

Encourage open and productive communication in your family. If possible, have a day each week for “tell it all,” where each family member will communicate their desires, pains, and opinions about happenings in the family and the direction the family is headed.

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9. Create Family Values, a Vision, and a Mission

Visions, missions, and core values are not only good for individuals or corporate organizations, but they are also applicable to the family as well. Have some values and mission distinctive to the family and something you are all working towards together.

10. Create Work/Life Balance

Most people already have this as a wish, but you have to be more intentional about learning and implementing secrets to creating a work/life balance. Make sure you can have a good time with your family while also working hard to provide for them.

11. Encourage and Provide Top-Level Education

You can make it your goal to support your family members with funds to attain the highest level of education possible. This will take thinking outside the box to generate sufficient income.

12. Start a Family Business

You can plan to create wealth in your family by starting a family business, a legacy you can pass on to your children.

13. Spend Quality Time Together

Make a goal to spend quality time with your family on a regular basis. If possible, reduce screen time when you are at home so as to maximize your family time even if it’s just during family meals.

14. Create Time for Each Family Member

Each member of your family needs their own separate time with you. Whether you are a dad or mom, have it as a goal to spend one-on-one time with your spouse and each of your kids weekly or twice a month. Doing this will help you to get closer to them and understand their worries and needs.

15. Create Family Getaways and Special Vacations

One of the ways to create a happy family is by going on special family vacations and getaways. People can get bored if they always stay at home and might need a fresh atmosphere to unwind. You can plan this twice a year or once a year depending on your budget.

16. Create Surprise Nights out With Your Spouse

Deliberately inject some joy in your home by planning some surprise date nights with your spouse.

17. Follow a Family Diet Plan

Build a healthy family by ensuring that your family eats healthy. Once in a while, create a special diet plan for your family members to boost family health. If you have the space, you can even start a home vegetable garden to teach your kids about healthy eating.

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18. Exercise Together

Have some fun with your family members by creating time to exercise together, either indoors or outdoors. You can do exercises like bike riding, playing basketball, or swimming at the community pool.

19. Create a Family To-Do List

Another way to encourage the unity of mind and purpose in your family is by creating a to-do list. For example, make a collection of books to read or movies to see and create time to discuss them later.

20. Start a Family Charity or Support One

Build a legacy in your family by creating a charity or foundation that caters to people with special needs. If you don’t have the time and resources to start one, you can make a commitment to provide regular support to a charity of your choice.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that when setting your family goals, your ultimate objectives will be to build a strong, healthy, and happy family. Being strong means that your family is bonded firmly together and that every member feels important and connected to the family.

Being healthy means there is mutual love and respect, and everyone is in sound in mind, body, and soul.

Being happy means there are few dull moments in your home; you are all having fun and everyone feels grateful to be part of a family that shows love and loyalty.

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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