CREATING A FAMILY LEGACY
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
In this episode of The Confident Mom Podcast, we’re chatting about:
* What a family legacy is – the emotional, social and spiritual components of it.
* Probing thoughts on how to create a legacy and heritage that lasts and leaves an impact that matters
* Practical ways to create a legacy of memories that will unite your family more intimately
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CREATING A FAMILY LEGACY
From Focus on the Family: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/building-relationships/family-legacies/family-legacies-passing-on-a-legacy
No matter who we are, where we live, or what our goals may be, we all have one thing in common: a heritage. That is, a social, emotional and spiritual legacy passed on from parent to child. Every one of us is passed a heritage, lives out a heritage, and gives a heritage to our family. It's not an option. Parents always pass to their children a legacy … good, bad or some of both.
REFLECT UPON YOUR GIVEN LEGACY
What has been passed onto you that is positive? Know yourself, know your family legacy and take pride in it.
Maternal grandparents --- work ethic, passion for physical activity
Paternal grandparents --- large family gatherings, open door policy
Mother --- courage to do anything, belief in potential, unquenchable love for learning
Father --- easy going attitude and approach to life, no stress
Then, think about what legacy or generational tendencies you wish to put an end to.
Maternal grandparents --- scarcity mindset, sternness
Paternal grandparents --- gossip and careless spending
Mother --- fear based anxiety and perfectionism
Father --- not getting involved in things on a deep level
WHITE BOARD VISION CASTING
Create family mantra (je suis belle, “Synans are people who love everyone”)
Create family mission statement (work in progress)
Create family values (love, generosity, communication, connection, kindness, courage, integrity)
Create family traditions (celebratory picnics, surprise poems, mother’s day winery, family walks, Christmas morning baileys, family bedtime prayer)
Create family impact – what organizations matter to you? (our church, compassion, young life, water)
PRACTICAL WAYS TO CREATE A LEGACY IN TANGIBLE WAYS
Collect favorite family recipes
Created personalized photo albums