a little time for each…
Take a little walk tonight as a family. This time, walk slowly and just be together.
For a few minutes pull each of your children to the side [and a little time for your spouse]. Walk side by side. Find leaves, rocks, bugs…snow [for some of you]…and just talk. You and one of your children. Just the two of you. Every one of our children crave our individual, one on one, no distractions [ie: other kids, phones]. Only you. That’s all they want.
Some questions you may want to ask to start a discussion:
What’s your favorite thing that happened today?
What do you wish wouldn’t have happened today?
What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
What’s your favorite color?
When do you feel like I love you?
What do you like about our family?
If could change one thing about our family, what would it be?
Of course, these are only starts to a conversation. They’re not intended to be questions that you fire off one after another. Just a chance to get started on a much deeper level of listening and really hearing your child or spouse.
Hearing the good with the bad helps me to know my family better. I love getting to hear the ups and downs of each person in my home.
[what questions do you ask the people you love the most when you really want to hear about their inside stuff?]