#9 of the 10 Things Acton Parents Know Best

#9: Writing a family plan and holding family meetings will change your life in meaningful, surprising ways. As with all elements of the Acton journey, this hinges on two things: the effort and intentionality you put in.

Bonus note: As an example and for inspiration, the Maher family gave me permission to share their family plan with you here:

What is unique about our family/Core Values?

  • We make it a point to spend a lot of time together as a family loving each other in an unstructured environment of free play and creativity.
  • We read a lot and enjoy and respect each others’ and friends’ educated opinions.
  • We are “doers and makers”. We like to get out and do things more than observe.
  • We enjoy food – eating, growing, learning about and cooking it.
  • Our primary communities are our school, our neighbors and our parents and siblings who all live within three miles of us
  • We don’t watch much TV
  • Dad stays home/works part-time
  • We have a cat, mouse and chickens
  • We don’t eat junk food
  • We don’t eat out very often
  • We play a lot

Standard Objectives

  • Health
  • Respect for others
  • Community involvement
  • Staying in touch with family and friends
  • Healthy marriage
  • Family time (just the four of us)
  • Keeping our home organized and clean
  • Finances
  • Education
  • Care for animals
  • Love each other

Rallying Cry – what is the most important thing we should be doing right now?

  • Focusing on self-control
  • Chores

Defining Objectives/Who needs to do what?

  • Mom – exercise 2x/week
  • Dad – patience
  • Children – make salad, set and clear the table, move trash cans, care for chickens and mouse, keep rooms clean.
  • All – focus on self-control, particularly when life gets frustrating.

Thank you, Mahers, and all Acton families who have sent in your plans. I am inspired.