If you’re anything like me, when you heard Elder Ballard’s conference talk outlining four different types of family councils, a little part of you went, “Sigh. ANOTHER thing to add to our family’s schedule?” Between soccer games and dance classes, FHE, mutual and other church activities, adding even one more thing can seem deflating.
However, the more I thought about it, the more those promised blessings were a little too hard to pass up:
“. . . family council held regularly will help us spot family problems early and nip them in the bud; councils will give each family member a feeling of worth and importance; and most of all they will assist us to be more successful and happy in our precious relationships, within the walls of our homes.”
Solving our family’s problems before they start? Helping each child to feel important? An actionable solution for keeping my family my main focus when there are a million other things competing for it?
We decided to give these family councils a shot. In trying to decide how we want ours to look exactly, we’ve come up with a list of questions to guide each different type, so we’d have some structure. We don’t use all the questions every time. We usually just stick to one or two, after that the kids lose interest. I’ll include our lists here. If you are struggling to know how to structure your family councils, feel free to pick a few questions from our list and experiment with which ones work the best for your family.