My daughter heard me talking the other day about family motto’s. I was chosen as Lou Loves Learning’s Face Book Fan Friday and I was answering some questions about my personality, who inspires me, and my goals. Of course she, being the kid who loves music and wishes the ipod could be permanently glued to her hand, quickly focused on the songs I noted as our family motto. She is no stranger to “We Are Family” but she was wondering why I was telling someone, and what it had to do with us…oh, and “whats a family motto mommy?!”
She was curious and had many questions for me. Do we have more mottos? Do we need them? Are they important? What are they? Who makes them up? What was yours as a kid mommy? Did grandma have one? All of these questions, not so many answers…lol!
Basically, I made it up kid. We’ll not really. I have always felt the song accurately described me, us, my family growing up, how I feel about many of my friends, our family now. Just didn’t tell anyone, or make it official. I am not alone I am sure, a million other people feel the same way too…lol! However, my kids know these songs, know that I love to play them, and so in turn they do too! Oh, so is this is how these things (motto’s) are passed along?! I’m not really sure.
Well, it got me thinking. Do other families have mottos? If so, what are they? Are they discussed. Do the kids know about them? I don’t think I had an official family motto growing up (other than – mom is always right!). Not aware of any of my friends having one either. Then I started wondering if maybe they were subtle. An unwritten rule. Something an outsider wouldn’t know or wasn’t told. Were the kids in the loop? Did they even know? I’m still wondering…and curious. I need to ask my mom, sibling, and my friends to see what they say.
Wondering, I googled family mottos and wouldn’t you know it…lots of people have them (or so it appears!). Sayings, quotes, songs, coats of arms, inside jokes, lots of things really. Who knew?! Not me. Hmmm….do their kids know?!
Having had some time to reflect on it, I think family motto’s are cool. A way to bring people together. Good for kids…gives them a common bond and something to hang onto…even when I am gone. So I need to make sure my kids know about ours. Its important to me…..and one day hopefully it will have meaning and be important to them! I can only hope:)
And while I am sitting here typing, my daughter just asked me WHY don’t we have Justin Bieber’s – “Never Say Never” as our family motto? I guess it means she “gets it”. Yikes. So, it looks like we’ll be adding one more….she’s lucky I am on the Bieber bandwagon, but that’s another whole post…..maybe someday soon!
In the meantime, we will be having fun singing and dancing….hope you do the same!
What do you think about family motto’s? Do you have one? What is it? Do your kids know? Do you think a motto is important? How did you choose? Did you have one growing up?