Letting the kids help with the Family Mission Statement (ugh), that sounds interesting and yet I am uncertain if I could stand it (lol).
I give so much of me (and maybe they would say I am giving when they are not requiring). So, being able to come back to the mission statement and recognize that I have at least not given in vain makes me feel wonderful.
If I let them help with the mission I would feel like I am really giving the whole kitchen away.
Now that I have said that in my out loud voice, I realize that I should let them hear the mission statement and help tweak it.
Funny thing is, when they were really small we used to agree that my job was simply to keep them safe and let them explore. Wonder what they will think now.
My parents always talked extensively to us kids & answered all of our questions, so that is what I try to employ - taking the time to listen and answer. So hopefully when they get older they will see me as a resource and someone they can talk to. I loath to think of when they are teenagers and shut me out, although I know at some point that will probably happen, but I am trying to foster communication and exploration with them so that at least they will know I am there when needed!
I marvel at my husband - he answers their questions the same way he'd answer it if I was the one asking it - with 'big' words and detailed explanations. I think this shows our children deep Respect ! which is another important component of communication.