This month, we’ll be focusing in on helping your kids develop their own personal “mission statements” and weaving together the intelligences via a multitude of activities as you help your kids pursue their missions.

So, we’ve added a new blog category–Personal Mission Statement–that you’ll want to click to see all of the activities to help your children pursue their missions.

Today, talk about what a “Mission Statement” is with your child…

a summary describing the aims, values, and overall plan of an organization or individual

…and highlight some of the mission statements of organizations from around the world.

A few examples include:
* AUDUBON SOCIETY : To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

* PBS : To be America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.

* NASA : Extend the duration and boundaries of human space flight to create new opportunities for exploration and discovery.

* RED CROSS : The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

* ROCK THE VOTE : To engage and build political power for young people in our country.

* MCDONALDS : to be the world’s best quick service restaurant experience. Being the best means providing outstanding quality, service, cleanliness, and value, so that we make every customer in every restaurant smile

* GOOGLE : to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

* DISNEY : to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information, using its portfolio of brands to differentiate its content, services and consumer products.

* NFL : To challenge National Football League players to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement in family relations, social interactions, personal growth and career development during and beyond their careers as NFL players.

Start to brainstorm together about what your personal mission statements would be right now. What do you care most about? What would you like to see changed? Talk about the kinds of words used in mission statements and how those words make you feel.

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