A Family Motto for 2012

I love the New Year because it is so fresh and clean! It seems like a giant piece of white paper stretching as far as the eye can see, just waiting for me to write my year on it! Every year, whether I make official resolutions or not, I feel like I have a theme, or a word or a thing that I just want to do for that year.

This year, for New Year’s I want to do something special as a family. Some friends of ours told us once about a family retreat they went on where they planned a family cheer. It was the cutest thing ever to see their 1st grader and preschooler chant their cheer together. My friend, Jill and her husband “give” their kids a scripture each year and then pray it over them all year long. I’ve read other parenting books that suggest family mottos and mission statements.

It kinda reminds me of the family rules canvas my friend Leigh made:

And this fun family motto from Make and Takes:

I just love the idea of having these words, phrases and goals around the house for all to see and on the tips of the family’s tongue. These small things can not only bind your family together, but keep important ideas in the forefront of your kids’ hearts and minds.

So, for our New Year celebration, we will be talking about, praying about and creating a family motto, a phrase or a scripture that we will adopt for this year. It will be something we can remind each other of when we’re tired, whiny and angry. Something we can ask God to help us show each other. Something that our family will be able to see come to pass in our home this year. I’m excited to see where God leads our family this year!

How can your family experience this new year together?


Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!