Lifetime Goals

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Okay. Did you do your homework? Do you have your goals written down? Here is our list (in no particular order–and I think some things are kind of redundant):

I want my children to be able to….

  • Take care of themselves physically.
    • eat right
    • cook good meals
    • clean themselves
    • exercise
    • laundry
  • Take care of their house
    • Clean
    • Fix things when broken
    • Shop for things (groceries, find deals, etc.)
    • Take care of yard
  • Garden
  • Sew (this will be on level of interest, but I want basic skills to be known)
  • Appropriate car maintenance (again, on level of interest with basic skills know)
  • Fix things that are broken so they don’t buy things over and over
    • repair clothes
    • fix cars
  • Take care of family
    • nurture
    • take care of children
    • teach children
  • Be able to earn an income
  • Be wise with money
    • save money
    • invest wisely
    • avoid debt
  • Do something musically
  • Be involved in something physical (sports, dance, etc.)
  • Have interpersonal skills
  • Have a personal testimony of the gospel
    • pray
    • recognize the spirit
    • study scriptures
  • Know how to find answers on their own to questions they have
    • research skills
    • discernment
    • prayer
  • Be kind to others and be service-oriented
  • Be able to schedule appointments
  • Talk to adults and authority figures comfortably
  • Call businesses/classifies/strangers
  • Buy things wisely

So…what is on your list? Please share!

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Redheads
    February 25, 2010 / 1:18 AM

    Wow! I am going to copy and paste your list! LOL!! Seriously though, my DH and I are going to sit down real soon and write out our parenting goals, as well as goal for our individual selves. We did this once a few years back and it was amazing! Our Pastor told us about it one time. He suggested writing out 1 year goals, 5 year goals, and then 10 year goals. We still have that list, and it was funny to read some of them a few years later. Some we had accomplished. Some we still wanted, but hadn't made it a priority so they didn't come to pass, and others just made us laugh because we no longer wanted those goals and couldn't believe that we thought we did!! Thanks for this great post! It will help everyone immensly!Amy

  2. Dale
    February 26, 2010 / 2:38 AM

    After reading your blog for so long without leaving any comments and now two in one day! I am on a roll :)I have always liked the Girl Scouts motto – Courage, Confidence, Character. I thought these were good goals for my LO but I think I am going to have to go back and put a little more detail to these after reading your post! (grin)I really do love the idea about having a parenting plan – keeping the end goals in mind will remind me of the "why"

  3. Kristy Powers
    April 16, 2010 / 3:16 PM

    I missed these posts about lifetime goals and The Parenting Breakthrough. I love them! Thank you, they will be so helpful! Like Amy said, I'll be thinking about us adults, too! 😉

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