During the school year, we are a ridiculously busy family. So far for this upcoming fall, we’ve got 3.5 hours of dance a week, a 1.5 hour church class every other week, multiple football practices a week, and weekly football games on the docket. This doesn’t even include any other school-related activities that might pop up along the way! While I love that my children are so involved with activities they are passionate about it, it’s equally important to me that we have family dinners each night and that The Husband and I pay special attention to showing our kids the value of quality time together. To do this, we have four questions that we ask each night to make dinner memorable and I’m so happy to share them with you today!
1. What was your favorite part of the day?
This is typically the easiest of the questions for our kids to answer. Luke likes to always respond with recess, with the exception of the days he has P.E., but I like to push for a deeper answer. Don’t be afraid to ask for different answers each night or to ask for specifics about why something is their favorite.
After the third day in a row of Luke trying to tell us recess was his favorite — again — I did a little digging to find out that it was playing football with some of his best friends that he really liked.
2. What was your least favorite part of the day?
The Husband and I like to use this question as a way to find out what struggles they’re facing at school, whether its academics or friend problems or something entirely different. We use this as an opportunity to help them problem solve and to talk out their feelings in a healthy way.
3. What can you do better tomorrow?
This question often plays off question two. While we do help guide them in making good choices, The Husband and I are really trying to push our kidlets to think on their own and to form ideas and thoughts and solutions that will serve them as they grow older.
4. How did you help someone today?
Now I can’t speak for all children, but I know that mine tend to focus almost purely on themselves and what is good for them at that particular moment. It’s so important to The Husband and I that our children learn to serve others at a young age, to cultivate a servant’s heart while they are still little. By knowing that we’ll be talking about how they helped someone that day, they have started to go out of their way to show kindness to others.
Reagan has given hugs to sad friends, while Luke has made sure that one of his best friends was included during a game at recess. I love that they are already starting to consider the feelings of others around them.
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