Tired of constantly reminding our kids of expectations and consequences in our home, my husband and I decided to establish weekly family meetings. This time together helps us refocus our family by following the three C's:
Calendar review. Thinking through the coming week's logistics and preparing ourselves for possible challenges significantly minimizes the stress level in our home, resulting in fewer disputes.
Clarity. We lovingly and firmly remind our kids of expectations regarding chores, responsibilities and relationships with each other. We listen to their perspectives, address misunderstandings and together agree on new or revised expectations and consequences. For clarity, new expectations are posted in a common area.
Connection — with each other and with Christ. To keep things positive, we end our meeting with words of gratitude and blessing for one another. We pray together and then end with a meal, dessert or family activity.
This article appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014 by Jackie Perry. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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