Family Meeting = Family Togetherness

Your Kids Will love It!

Do you want greater family togetherness?  Feel the family is “too scattered?”

A great solution is to start a weekly family meeting.

We did this in our family when the kids were around 6 and 9 years old. We held it usually on Sundays – around 4 or 5 in the afternoon.

The kids loved it – and so did we.

What did we do?  Everyone around the circle shared what they were thinking about – were concerned about – during the upcoming week.  We also talked about people who were sick.  Carol and I shared whatever values we wanted them to learn – in a very kid-friendly fashion.

Then we closed in prayer – with EVERYONE praying.

This was one of my great thrills as a dad – to hear my children praying: for each other, for aunts and uncles, for friends who needed it.  And we always shared answers to our prayers, a great faith-building exercise in the kids.

The meetings took only 10 – 20 minutes.

It’s an investment well worth the time!

Two Powerful Questions to Ask Each Child

But You Must be Brave

This will be quick, simple, and really powerful.

Ask each of your children this question:  What do you like about the way I am treating you as a dad?

Then, IF YOU ARE REALLY BRAVE. ask the follow-on question:  What DON’T you like about the way I am treating you as a dad?

What you learn will be very instructive – perhaps transforming your relationship with your child IF you take action on what they say.

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Three Word Bedtime Blessing for Your Child

A "Ritual" Well Worth Keeping

When my three kids were “under roof” in their younger years, I had a simple practice that I performed EVERY NIGHT at their bedtime.  I went in when they were in bed, gave my child a kiss on the forehead, and said “I love you”.

I wanted the last words they heard each day to be “I love you” from their dad.

Some nights, I forgot this and went to bed. But almost always, I realized I had forgotten to do this and pulled myself back out of bed, went downstairs, and performed the nightly blessing/ritual.  It was worth the effort.

Oh yes, I also did it when the kids were already asleep if I came home after they went to sleep.

I believe that each child you have will feel richly blessed as my children did by this simple bedtime blessing from dad.

Let me know if you have any other bedtime blessing that you give your child.