Developed by Betty Ann Broman former Consumer and Family Economics Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Relationship to Building Strong Families
Busy families can fall into the trap of moving from event to event or crisis to crisis. If they are not careful, they spend time and money without stopping to think about long-term needs. This may not result in an immediate problem, but over time, a lack of planning or goal setting can waste resources.

When families work together on short and long-term goals, they are more likely to accomplish the things that are really important to them. Strong families work on their common goals together and support each otherís individual goals. Reaching goals contributes to a sense that changes in behavior are possible.

Brief program description
This session will help participants identify the things that are really important to them and to their families. It will provide tools that participants and their families can use to take charge of their own lives and turn their dreams into achievable goals.

Research findings
Research indicates that families who establish both short and long-term goals are more likely to achieve those things in life that are important to them. Families who set goals manage their overall finances better than families who do not. They are also better able to communicate with each other when personal goals compete for resources or interfere with shared family goals.

Research also shows that the more control individuals feel they have over their lives, the greater their sense of well-being. Setting and reaching goals helps individuals take greater control of their circumstances. This sense of being in control helps individuals feel better about themselves. When an individual feels better, it can be contagious and increase overall family well-being.

Once set, goals strengthen the familyís ability to function and live their dreams. Strong families recognize that goals shift and change over time and understand the importance of revisiting and renegotiating priorities when new circumstances arise.

Goals and objectives

  • To recognize the connection between dreams and achievable goals;
  • To understand the importance of breaking goals down into manageable steps;
  • To identify one important personal goal and break it down into achievable steps;
  • To design a reward system to celebrate achievement of steps and ultimate goals;
  • To discuss personal and family goals with other family members.

Target audience
Working families with children

If you have any questions or need information, contact:

Kathy Dothage
Building Strong Families Program Coordinator
University of Missouri Extension
1205 University Avenue, Ste. 400
Columbia, MO 65211

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Last updated: 05/16/2017
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