#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
- 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
- Care for animals
- Love each other
Rallying Cry – what is the most important thing we should be doing right now?
- Focusing on self-control
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.