Memorized mottos give us a quick “way we respond to things” on the tip of our tongues.


English Mottos

  • Obey right away, all the way, with a good attitude every day.
  • Do it right the first time, every time.
  • Focus on your job & do it right.
  • Leave it better than you found it.
  • Voices: cheerful, polite, strong.
  • Business before pleasure.
  • Soldier Stance (1. Stand up straight; 2. Shoulders back; 3. Hands at sides; 4. Ready eyes; 5. Quick response)
  • Hand shake, firm and cheerful, eyes on eyes.
  • Don’t pass it up, pick it up!
  • When you’re done with one thing, put it away before moving on to another thing.
  • Respond cheerfully, politely, and promptly.
  • No fussing. No whining. No complaining. Respond with gratitude.
  • Ready to strike your colors? I have not yet begun to fight!
  • Hustle to help out.
  • Keep your head; don’t panic.
  • We do not create unnecessary work for others.
  • Put things away in their own right place the first time, every time.
  • When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
  • We speak cheerfully and respectfully with one another.
  • If you fall down, get up, smile, and keep playing.

Latin Mottos

  • Dictum factum (Said and done)
  • Festina lente (Make haste slowly)
  • Tempus fugit (Time flies)
I’d love to hear your family mottos!


  1. Obey first time and happily.

    We added as they grew up:
    “As a child of God, I will obey all those in authority over me, first time and happily . ”

    “Didn’t your mother teach you life isn’t fair? ” I ask.

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