Two years ago, I posted this. And just yesterday, I got this comment on it:
I'd enjoy hearing an update as to what this looked like for you this month.
Admittedly, there are things I've blogged about that worked for us once upon a time but no longer do. Quality time is one that we have kept up, thankfully. Generally, when we go shopping, we only take one child. This is when we have private talks with that child.
A good friend who heard the Duggars speak at the recent Baby Conference, shared this wisdom with me: Go deep fast. Don't waste time on chit-chat with your kids.
I have taken this advice to heart and have begun asking pointed questions as soon as we are both buckled up. Questions like:
What are you struggling with lately?
What temptations are you having a hard time with?
Are you getting along with your siblings?
Who are you having a hard time getting along with?
Is there anything you'd like to tell me about?
If you have any other good probing questions, I'd love to hear them!