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

Mottos for Everyday Manners

  • 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!

Family Motto Sheets

Change your family’s mood and mode by practicing these mottos daily.


  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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