INSIDE: 5 easy ways to pick a family word of the year. How to get the family to rally around a positive and motivational word or mantra.
Many of us pick a word of the year for ourselves. But have you ever thought of finding a word of the year for the family?
We were inspired to consider this idea by a good family friend. This friend reserves a room at a restaurant and together with her grown children, they eat, drink and pick a word for the next year.
Whether it’s a conference table or your kitchen table, here are 5 easy suggestions to select a family word of the year for the upcoming new year!
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How to Pick a Family Word of the Year
It may feel daunting to find one word the entire family can rally around. Especially if you have young kids and they may not understand the meaning of certain words. So it’s important to start where your family is. Then build upon this idea year after year.
5 Great Ideas for a Family Word of the Year
- Decide on a goal for your family for the upcoming year. Will it be to show each other kindness? Will it be less stress? More family togetherness? Better time management?
- Brainstorm inspirational words. Have everyone write down their top 5 words, or just shout them out for someone to record on paper. Then vote on your favorite words, narrowing them down until you have a short list to decide from.
- Select a word(s) that everyone can understand. As much as I love the word “integrity”, I’m not sure my 5 and 8-year olds would comprehend. But they do know what the word “kindness” means.
- Does the word you’ve chosen work with the family goal you’ve set? If it doesn’t, go back to the drawing board.
- Create a fun way to display your family word of the year. You want it to be visually present all year round.
How to Display a Family Word of the Year
Let the kids make posters of what the word means to them. Words can be interpreted differently for all of us. Place those posters in their bedrooms, or create a family word of the year gallery wall down a hallway.
Use a trendy message board to display the word of the year.
Stuck for dinner time conversation? Talk about your family word! How have they applied the word in their lives? How has the focus word made them more aware of their actions in their everyday lives?
Just like any goal, check in with the family and make sure the word is working for everyone. Celebrate the victories as you look forward to a new year and a new word.
Have you ever chosen a word of the year? Does your family make resolutions for the new year?
Let me know in the comments. Cheers to a happy new year and a new word!
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