I mentioned in my last post that we have weekly Family Meetings. As the kids got older, and their lives more complicated, it seemed like a good idea to have a weekly “check-in” together. It’s been a pleasant surprise.
Each week, usually Sunday evening, our family cooks and eats dinner together, then we hang out to discuss life. Here is a rough draft of our agenda.
1) Any news to report? This could be anything you want to share. A relationship change, future travel plans, personal struggles or victories, seeking advice or opinions, confession, health updates, etc. Nothing is off-limits.
2) Review the week’s schedule. Our family has a shared calendar on our iPhones. We review upcoming stuff as well as see who is around this week for dinners, etc. It’s good to know each other’s general schedules.
3) Quote of the week. I will share a thought-provoking quote for us to discuss. Sometimes we all just nod our heads in agreement, while other times we will chat about it for a few minutes.
4) Short teaching from dad. This isn’t anything super deep or theological. It is mostly a time to keep us focused on the big picture of life. We have found it doesn’t take too long before we start to focus on things that don’t matter.
5) Who is the next recipient of a Love Basket? You’ll need to read my previous post to understand.
6) Pray. We believe in the power of prayer. Not because of the words we say, but because of Who we are saying them to. We also know a family that prays together has a deeper love for each other.
Family Meetings can last anywhere from 30 -60 minutes depending on how tired I am. #grandpagreg
One day I know these family meetings will stop. But for now, we enjoy listening, sharing, learning, praying, and serving together.