What Does Your Family Stand For?
June 4, 2010 by Alison
This post will be addressing two very important topics. HUGE…Really Ginormous. One might not be so huge, the decorating of a boring spot, but the other one I think can help to shape the future of a family and to me that is Monstrously Huge!
At the top of our stairs we have this plain B.O.R.I.N.G. wall. It’s purpose in life was to hold up the roof and not complain when dirty finger prints were smudged across it. It did a great job every day, but it needed to be challenged, to step it up a notch, to determine the future of a family. ENOUGH was Enough! It needed to scream, “I am a contributor to this family’s well being.” I know I am talking about a wall here, but you know what little things can do to make a house a home. This wall really needed pitch in:)
We sat down as a family and decided to come up with a:
Family Motto Ideas
My 2 little boys didn’t have a say because…well they can’t talk yet! My girls were super excited and my husband was excited by the excitement it stirred. We bulit up anticipation about an amazing family event that was going to take place, but they had to wait a couple days to hear about it. They were rearing to go when we launched the ‘secret.’
We told the girls they have the chance to help make a family motto. To develop a ‘chant’ that we say after family prayer that would be special to our family. Almost like a secret family mission statement. We had them start off by naming some qualities that we have or hope to have. They were funny. First of all they said they didn’t know what qualities were and then when we explained it they said, “Oh like cleaning our room or doing dishes?” Apparently my husband and I didn’t explain it well enough to them so we started by giving them ideas. We started with, “The Prince home is and environment of: Love, Faith…”
They soon caught on and added kindness,happiness, and honesty.
We talked about what each one meant and then how we could develop those qualities together as a family.
We said it each night as a family and also brought it up when five year old ‘fibs’ were being told, or the blasted barbie was being fought over. A few months after we implemented the Family Motto, we noticed we needed to add patience. Was it for me? Maybe, but we are not talking about me:) Lets stay focused on the task at hand!
Family Motto’s are wonderful. Family Motto’s add to the dynamics of a family. It can be powerful and fun and gets kids to feel as though they contribute to the family as well. If you want to hear more about family motto’s and efficitive’ness’ for families, Steven Covey has some books that go into a ton of detail. I was over on Amazon and found the 7 habits of highly effective families for $0.22 for a used book. Rock ON! If you can’t get it at the library…well even if you can, their late fees are more than that (and yes, I own a few library books myself…it would have been cheaper just to buy the book in the first place. My husband says I’m one of the reasons the library has funds to run!)
Anyway, on to ways to display a family motto in a fresh classy way…Little floating sign. It’s a 1x8x18 pine board painted black. I drilled two holes in the top to run the ribbon through. The ribbon is tied in a bow at the top and that’s what the board is hung from. I used thick cream ribbon with wire so I could shape the bow at the top. ‘The Prince home is an enviroment of:’ (monotype curvosa font in cream vinyl 4 inches tall and 12 inches long).
If you need a craft vinyl cutter go here: Silhouette
If you need vinyl sheets for your craft cutter go here: Expressions Vinyl
If you need pre-cut vinyl…well we are still looking into that. Our vinyl lady had to quit because of family and we are looking for another one. Let us know if you know a company (or mom) who runs a vinyl lettering business and is reliable. We will ‘drill’ them:) We only want to recommend the best!
You need a little
The fonts are all random fonts and to tell you the truth…I don’t remember half of them. BUT go with what your family likes. I went with more classic fonts because I like that look. If you like formal, elegant, cutesy, use it! It’s your family and your style. They are 7.5 inches tall.12 inches long.
Shelley a the floating frame tutorial which would also hold a family motto!. I’ve seen some other family motto/rule ideas on canvas. I saw Jen’s over at Tater Tots and Jello a few months ago so I went back to find the link and low and behold she was featuring 1 Lucky Girl‘s canvas too! Two birds with one stone. Thanks Jen! Also, Amy from the Idea Room has another family motto board idea that she hangs in her kitchen.
Another thought is that when we decide to add another character to our family motto we can just add it and not have to redo anything! You can also make this smaller to fit in your ‘space’.
We’d love to hear what your family motto is!
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