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Thinking about the Future

Goal Setting

We know how it goes. When you are a mom your kids and their needs come first. You worry about how you can give them the best possible future. You put their needs before your own.

But what about you?

Taking time to focus on your goals and what’s important to your future isn’t selfish, its being a responsible parent.

Setting goals to make your life better will improve your children’s lives too. Reaching your goals can help you better support your family financially, improve their health, and make you a happier and better parent. When your children see you achieve your goals it encourages them to go after their own dreams.

You have the power to make a difference in your future. You decide what happens.

Baby Steps

 It’s great to have big dreams. But small goals for your everyday life are just as important. Completing small goals will get you closer each day to your big dreams Here are some examples of taking a big goal and focusing on the small goals that will help you get there:

Big goal: Deciding whether or not to have more children.

Small goals: Talking to my partner and other children about it. Visiting my doctor to discuss my options. Create a reproductive life plan.


Big goal: Getting your GED or Associate’s degree.

Small goals: Gathering information about how to enroll. Taking one class.


Big goal: Moving into your own space.

Small goal: Finding affordable houses or apartments in your area. Figuring out your budget. Starting to put aside money each week for rent.


Tips for Dad:

You have goals and dreams too. Having children may have made it harder for you to reach these goals. Talk to your family about what you hope to achieve. Your children or partner may be able to help you reach your goals or support you on your way.

  • Think about goals that your family can work on together. That way everyone is involved and learns the importance of goal setting.
  • Ask what you can do to help your partner or your children reach some of their goals.
  • Help celebrate successes. Make a big deal when your children or partner has made progress towards their goal. It will make them feel more confident. It also shows that you care.

Local resources

  • YWCA: mentoring program for young adult women. They are matches with outstanding women though out the community to develop an easier transition from school to the workplace.
  • Mercy Education Project: Located in Southwest, this organization provides classes for literacy, adult basic education, GED prep, and career/workforce development services. Open Doors is a new program for women to re-integrate into society after being in prison.
  • PATH Program: Partnership Accountability Training Hope is a work participation program required for those receiving cash assistance. It helps to identify barriers for the participant and connect them to resources for employment.
  • Focus: HOPE: This organization offers a variety of GED prep classes, skills enrichment courses, and job placement.
  • SWEEP: Southwest Women’s Educational Empowerment Program coordinates with Madonna University offers free workshops to get you college ready in a supportive learning environment. Scholarships and grants are available.
  • Detroit Workforce Development Dept. One-Stop Service Centers: These centers located throughout the city are designed to meet the employment and training needs of job seekers.
  • Adult Basic Education Program: This free program is a part of Wayne County Community College to offer a variety of courses and career exploration.
  • The Employment Center: Located at The Matrix Center in Osborn offers services in computer skills, goal setting, and interview preparation.

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