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How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement

When our kids were little, I remember feeling completely overwhelmed by their toddler antics. Some late-night googling led me to an article about how preschool-aged children thrive on rules.

It’s something in their brains. Their genetic makeup. Preschoolers like rules. 

I stuck a giant post-it note on the wall, and the boys and I talked through some potential rules. I drew rudimentary pictures to help them visualize our new rules—

A pair of shoes meant “put your shoes away.”

A chair with an X through it meant “no climbing onto the kitchen counter to find the chocolate I hid above the fridge!”

Then I let them scribble all over the huge post-it, and it became their own.

Crazy thing—it worked. They were the perfect age for the boundaries that our family rules gave them.

Now that our kids are older, I don’t have to refer to “the rules” in the same way that I used to.

But there’s still something about the tidiness, the predictability, of rules that appeals to my kids, and over the last few years, our family purpose statement has gradually taken the place of that giant post-it note.

They thrive on the identity that we created together during our sessions of writing our family purpose statement. I’m honestly amazed at how often they bring it up in our day-to-day talk.

And I want your family to experience this too.

How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement: A guide to discovering the "why" of your family and building an identity that will stay with your children forever

I’m so happy to share that my ebook, How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement, is now live on Amazon!

If you’ve been around here long, you know that I’m passionate about this topic. It was about time I put it into a more digestible form!

I’ve spent the last few months writing and editing and narrowing it down, all in the hopes of giving you just the info you want and need.

I think it will inspire you to create a family that is full of love and belonging—and give you one powerful tool (a family purpose statement) to help you get there.

I thought today I’d share the table of contents, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting if you buy the book!

How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement: Table of Contents

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like it when writers pad books just to make them longer—because goodness, a parent’s time is valuable! At about 30 pages, I think it’s a great mix of inspiration and practical application. I hope you’ll agree!

I really believe this short book will re-inspire you to parent purposefully and to live with more joy as a person and as a family.

Thank You!

I owe a big, big thank you to those who have already pre-ordered the book, and I owe another HUGE thank you to anyone who does buy it!

How You Can Help

If you have friends who would enjoy this ebook, I would SO appreciate you sharing or pinning this post!

Also, amazon reviews are apparently really important (this is my first rodeo), so I will owe you for LIFE if you leave one.

How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement: A guide to discovering the "why" of your family and building an identity that will stay with your children forever

How to Craft a Family Purpose Statement: A Guide to Discovering the “Why” of Your Family and Building an Identity that Will Stay with Your Children Forever

Thank you so much, friends!!! Happy family building!

  • Katie @ Wonderfully Made
    November 9, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Thrilled about this, Erica!! Pinned!

    • Erica Layne
      November 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much, Katie! I’m off to check out YOUR giveaway right now!

  • Mandi
    November 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Sounds fantastic! I always love your posts and look forward to reading this as well. Congrats on your first book! Pinned 🙂

    • Erica Layne
      November 9, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks so much, Mandi! I really appreciate your kind words, and I hope you enjoy the book!

  • Lynnette
    November 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This is great! We have tried to create a family mission statement on a couple of different occasions. While we have succeeded in creating it both times (the first time it was very long, and the second time, it was a single sentence), it has never really stuck. Perhaps we need to revisit it. I will have to check out your book!

  • Shannon
    November 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you! I remember the initial post, and will definitely be supporting the book launch!

  • Brittany
    November 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait to read it. I pinned it and shared on FB. Thank you for all your beautiful blog posts. I’m not very good about commenting often but I love reading all you write!

  • Callie Moon
    November 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This looks fantastic! I posted to my Instageam account!

  • Callie Moon
    November 17, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Sorry, meant to say I pinned it!

    • Erica Layne
      November 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Insta would have been totally okay too. 🙂 Thanks so much, Callie!

  • Laurie
    December 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    LOVE this so much. We need this! Shared on Facebook.

    • Laurie
      December 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

      and pinned to my “kids” board 😉

      • Erica Layne
        December 4, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        I’m so grateful! THANK YOU, Laurie!

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