A couple years ago, Josh and I heard Linda and Richard Eyre speak about parenting. One thing that sounded like a great idea and that we have been doing over the last several months is the “Five Facet Review” of our children. Here is a link to a recent article by them about it.
In a nutshell, once a month (this is the goal, but it’s usually about every 2 or 3 months), Josh and I go out to eat and discuss the development and needs of each of our children. Specifically, we discuss how each child is doing in 5 areas: 1) socially, 2) spiritually, 3) mentally/intellectualy, 4) emotionally, and 5) physically.
When we first started doing this, I thought it would be a 10 minute discussion. But the first one took something like 2 hours to complete on our 2 children. We have found it to be very worthwhile–we are more focused on our kids and where they’re at. And better tuned in to what their needs are and how we, as parents, can best meet their needs and help them to thrive.
We highly recommend it! Read more about it at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700173584/Five-facet-reviews-of-your-children.html?pg=1 .