What Are Your Family Goals?
Family goals examples get you brainstorming about how you want your family life to look.
For years, we’ve set family goals. It’s a fun collaborative experience! It’s also interesting to see what the kids would like to do in the following year, or how they think our family can improve.
The Family Goals Examples List
Before anything else, a happy family is key to a happy life. These goal ideas help get you there!
1. Create a Family Motto
What does your family stand for? Is it love? Kindness? Growth?
If you’re not sure, sit down together and decide on your family mission statement. Then brainstorm how you will show those qualities. This is an easy one that doesn’t have to take much time!
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2. Play More Music
Music makes everyone happier. So, make a family goal that you’ll listen for a few minutes every afternoon or once a week.
3. Pray Together
Make a goal to pray at the dinner table, before bed, or anytime that’s good for your family. If you have a prayer that can be passed down from your religion, that’s wonderful.
If not, a moment of thanks before your meal gives everyone a minute to pause and remember their blessings.
4. Feel Grateful Together
So much good comes to us when we realize how blessed we truly are.
So, add gratitude to your daily, weekly, or monthly routine as a family. Say something you’re thankful for when you get up in the morning or before bed at night.
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5. Try Something New Together
Life is exciting and meaningful when we branch out of our comfort zones.
What can you do with your family that stretches you? Pick something for your list!
6. Morning Hugs
This one is oddly specific because it was one of our family goals this year!
We spent the prior year having AWFUL mornings. As a result, we switched up our kid morning routine to include a hug. It’s just one way to start the day on a positive note, and it was helpful for us.
Related Post: Awesome Everyday Traditions to Start
7. Cut Back on Screens
This year, we cut out screens on weeknights (when they’re in school). Once the expectation was set, it became the norm. As a result, they had a lot more time to play outside and hang out with the rest of the family.
*We’ll always set a family goal around technology usage because it’s easy for us to slide with it!
8. Say I Love You
If you’d love to be more expressive and open about your love, try a goal that centers around that.
Perhaps everyone says “I love you” before bolting out the door in the morning, or before bed at night. It’s an easy habit, but your family will always know that they are loved.
For more ideas on this, read 131 Creative Ways to Say I Love You.
9. Go to Worship
If you have a church, temple, or synagogue that brings you joy, then returning to regular visits can be a fantastic goal.
10. Start a New Tradition
Do you have easy, memorable traditions that you do with your family? If not, make it a family goal!
Check out my Best Ebook of Family Traditions for an in-depth guide to meaningful quality time all year long.
And, read these birthday traditions posts to get you started:
11. Expand Your Tribe
Next, if you’re missing out on family and friends, make it a goal to invite someone to your home for dinner once a week or once a month. Build your special community and get to know those around you.
Related Post: How to Make Friends As An Adult
Quality Time Family Goals Examples
Next, a family has a difficult time thriving without quality time together. So, consider any of these family goals examples!
12. Schedule Date Nights
Seeking out quality time in your relationship makes all the difference in your family dynamic. So, if mom and dad need more time to themselves, make date nights a goal.
13. Schedule Family Nights
Furthermore, if you feel like quality family time just doesn’t happen, schedule it in! Pick one night a week and make a goal for that to be your time together. No matter what.
For specific activity ideas, read:
14. One-on-One Dates
If your kids are involved in a lot of activities or have multiple siblings, one on one dates are a fun family goal for the year.
Perhaps, once a week (or once a month) you spend time with one child doing what he or she wants to do. Or plan it all out with easy activities and simply follow through during the year.
15. Visit Far Away Friends or Family
Do people you love live far away? Make it a family goal to visit them this year!
16. Plan Fun Three Day Weekends
Perhaps you crave more short adventures this year. (I know I do!)
Look ahead at your calendar, and decide on a short getaway/trip once, twice, or many times in the coming year. Mark it down and make it happen.
- For more great tips on planning ahead, check out How to Plan Your Best Year
17. Read Aloud Books Together
Give yourselves a read-aloud goal. Can you finish an entire series together before the end of the year (or the month)?
18. Go on Vacation
On our family goals list, we’d love to visit a National Park every year. Or maybe your goal is to visit Disney World or take another grand vacation. Even a night at a local hotel is something special to look forward to.
So, don’t forget a vacation!
19. Create a Family Bucket List
Are you frustrated that you don’t do fun things together with your family? A great goal is to make a bucket list for at least one season.
Here are posts that have amazing bucket list activities:
- Winter Bucket List for Families
- Epic Spring Bucket List Ideas
- Ultimate Summer Bucket List
- Best Holiday Bucket List for Your Family
- Fun Fall Bucket List
- Full List of Fun Bucket Ideas for Families
Family Meals: Great Family Goals Examples
Meals together are the cornerstone of quality family time, so why not get the most out of them!
20. Strive For Family Dinners
First, if you’re not eating together at least once a day then that’s a great goal! If dinner doesn’t work for your family, what about breakfast or lunch?
21. Animate the Dinner Table
Next, liven up your family dinners with a conversational goal.
Our recent goal was to tell something good and something challenging (the grit) that happened during our day. Other variations of this include “high and low” and “sweet and sour.”
Or you can just use a few conversational cards at dinner.
22. Eat Healthy Dinners
Now, perhaps health is a big theme for your coming year. Create a goal of trying two new healthy dinner recipes every week.
We did this one year, and not only did it expand our cooking knowledge, but we found some healthier staples for our family.
23. Work on Family Manners
My son eats like an animal. It’s true.
If your kids do too, consider goals that include using a utensil, staying at the table until everyone is done, or chewing with your mouth closed.
Next, part of raising a family is teaching kids how to contribute to something bigger than themselves. These family goals examples help do that!
24. Make Chores a Family Affair
Are your kids involved with chores? Perhaps a regular ten minute clean up or weekly chores around the house need to become a goal for the year.
Check out this free kids chore chart template to get it started!
25. Practice Your Emergency Home Plan
- Do you have a fire safety plan?
- Do the kids know what to do if there’s a fire, tornado, or intruder?
- Have you practiced using your safe meeting place?
If not, make it a goal to develop and rehearse this plan!
26. Raise Independent Kids
Every year, we put at least one goal on the list that promotes the kids becoming a more independent version of themselves. One year it was for them to bathe/shower all by themselves.
Other family goals examples include:
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27. Start Saving For a Vacation
Saving for vacation can be a family affair and fits in well with teaching kids about money (#36). So, set a money goal and have everyone contribute to a jar for a few months.
Healthy Family Goals Ideas
Many of us are doing our best to stay (or get) healthy. Here’s how to make it a family affair:
28. Take Family Walks
Include more easy exercise + quality time in your family goals. Decide now that you’ll take one or two family walks a week in the coming year to keep each other moving and together.
29. Plan Family Exercise
On that note, why stop at a walk?! If fitness is a priority, make a goal that each Saturday or once a month the entire family does a fitness-related activity together!
- Taking a hike
- Doing a workout video together
- A walk or run
- A family bike ride
- Roller skating
- Swimming together
Related: Best Active Family Hobbies
30. Healthier Eating
Healthy eating as a family is an important priority. And one that can be cut down into more specific objectives.
Family goals examples for this include
- salads a few times a week
- meatless (or vegan) once a week
- and healthier snacks.
31. Mental Health (Good Family Goals Examples)
Both kids and adults face anxiety and mental health issues like never before.
If your family could use a figurative breather, then make it a family goal that everyone takes better care of themselves in this way.
- calming meditation
- breathing techniques
- family yoga
- or a designated time once a week (or month) to ease the mind.
Doing Good for Others
Show your family how good it feels to make someone’s day. Here are ideas!
32. Participate in a Kindness Challenge
This was a goal of ours at one time. It went beautifully until a colossal sibling fight at the mailbox led to a neighbor coming to break it up (HUGE fail). Overall though, I loved that it pushed us to put others first for a month.
33. Volunteer Together
Help others! Volunteer once or twice a year.
Pro Tip: As you establish this goal, brainstorm ideas for how you want to do it together.
34. Take Something to Someone Who Needs It
Decide to take a dinner or a treat to someone who’s feeling low once or twice during the year.
Teaching Great Habits & Values
Next, the following habits will serve kids for the rest of their lives. Why not incorporate one or two into your goals?
35. Teach Kids to Cook
Maybe this is the year that you teach your kids to cook eggs or make that pie from scratch! Or perhaps they help with dinner once a week to begin learning the basics of the kitchen.
36. Anger Management
Anger is common between family members. We spend a lot of time together and know just how to push each other’s buttons.
So, if it’s an issue in your home, make it a goal to research and practice calm down tools that help your kids get along. Mom and Dad can practice them too!
37. Start and Maintain a Garden
Next, grow your food! Make a small (or large) garden this year and watch your plants flourish. As a bonus, you’ll eat healthier and save money in the summer!
38. Teach Kids About Money & Finances
Is it time to open a savings account? Or start an allowance system? If they are older, teach them about the stock market, the power of compound interest, and other more complicated (yet important!) concepts.
39. Simplify the Gift Giving
Teaching kids that experiences come before stuff is a valuable lesson. But how can we teach that?
This year make it a family goal to:
- simplify your gift giving
- give gifts that are useful
- or transfer some of those gifts to experiences.
What specifically can you cut out? Plan it ahead of time to make it easier later.
40. Recycle & Conserve Energy
As kids grow, discussing energy consumption becomes an opportunity to recycle more or reduce usage. Pay attention to the bills every month and brainstorm ways to use less.
Pro Tip: As you develop better habits and see a change in the bills, take the kids out to dinner with the money saved. You’ll show them that it makes a difference both for the environment and their home life.
41. Set a Reading Target (Short Term Family Goals)
Next, a reading goal during the summer or on holiday breaks is a fun way to encourage reading in your home. Set a number of books that EACH member wants to hit and see who reaches it first!
Home Family Goals Examples
And finally, your environment is everything. So, make it a great place to be.
42. Declutter Your Home
Is your home full of stuff? Decide that this is the year to clean out the clutter! You can even divide the rooms into each month of the year, or every week until it’s done.
Check out other decluttering ideas here: 21 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life
43. Work on a Home Project
We all have to-do lists when it comes to our homes, but a home project that benefits the entire family is a great goal to put on the list.
Then, all members of the family can contribute to make it happen.
44. Inspire Yourselves
Finally, could you add decorations to your home? Put up a few inspiring growth mindset quotes?
Make your living space a place that motivates and moves you.
A quote post you’ll love:
45. Document Your Beautiful Family
Before you know it, these moments will be memories of the past. So, get a family photo taken this year to document your growth and love.
How Do You Set Family Goals?
Here’s how it looks in our home when we decide on our future family goals…
- We discuss 10 goals that we’d love to happen in the coming year. This could be as simple as “pray at dinner” or as difficult as “climb a mountain.”
- Then we talk about how to make them more specific and what we can do to make them happen.
It’s GREAT goal setting practice for kids (and adults)!
When the kids were younger I wrote the goals, and they colored pictures to help represent them (similar to a vision board).
Now that they’re older, they do the writing. Then, we put the list of goals on the fridge for the rest of the year, so that we can all see it.
To Consider With Family Goals Examples
Again, this is a BIG list, so choose the ideas that fit your family! And like us, you may want a variety of one-time goals and re-occurring habits to build. This gives a nice mix of easier and harder goals.
Have fun with these family goals examples! What are your goals for the year?
Other family and goals posts to enjoy…
- Free Printable For Your Inspiring Vision Board
- Cute Love Goals for a Better Relationship
- Big List of Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
- Love Quotes That Show Your Kids Love