Set Goals Together With a Family Vision Board

By Renae Gonzalez, publisher of Macaroni Kid Brentwood, Calif. December 24, 2022

It's almost a new year, and the whole family has goals. How can you help your family achieve those goals? Try a family vision board! 

Involving the whole family in creating a vision board is a fun, kid-friendly project that can benefit your family all year. Here's how:

1. Brainstorm with your family.

Think of what you would like to accomplish as a family in the upcoming year. Have everyone make a list of ideas and then share your thoughts. Narrow all the ideas to a few that are the most important for your family to focus on.

2. Gather supplies.

You do not need much for your vision board ... and there are no rules! You can use whatever materials you'd like. Here is a suggested list of supplies, but be creative!

  • A poster board
  • Magazines and pictures
  • Stickers/embellishments
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors

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3. Look for inspiration.

Now the fun part! Find pictures, words, or sayings among the magazines and pictures you've collected that remind you of your family's goals and bring you inspiration.

Tip: It works best to cut out all the items you'll need for your board first and then do all the arranging and taping on your board all at the same time.

4. Tape or glue your cutouts onto the board.

Now that you have all of the items you want to place on your board, it's time to put them in place. I always group pictures that are alike in some way. For instance, all travel pictures go together. Organizing this way helps when you're looking at your goals on your board daily.

Tip: Start gluing or taping on the bigger pictures first since these will take up more space and help fill up your board. It's easier to rearrange the smaller pictures and overlap them on top of the larger images.

5. Add stickers and embellishments.

Stickers, gems, a border... the sky's the limit. Add some flair!

6. Display it in your house for your whole family to see.

This may be the most important step. This board is not magic, but there is magic in making it together and having it somewhere that you will see it every day. Putting travel on the board, for instance, will not instantly get a trip booked.

Looking at it daily will remind you that your family thinks travel is important this year. It might make you finally come up with a savings plan for that trip you've been wanting to take or decide as a family not to eat out this week because that money can be redirected toward a vacation fund.

Making your family vision board a reality takes a lot of hard work — by everyone! But as a family, you've taken the first step by identifying your goals and creating the board. Now imagine how much fun this time next year will be when your board has come to life. You've got this!

Watch the video below to see the step-by-step process: