Each evening at dinner have a different member of the family lead the grace, then follow it with a “plus and minus” statement—that person’s opportunity to tell one positive and one negative aspect of his or her day. Each family member then takes a turn with the plus and minus statement. Only after each person has said his or her two items does free-flowing conversation begin. David M. Thomas, father of seven children and 74 foster children, and author of A Community of Love: Spirituality of Family Life (ACTA), has been doing this with his family for almost 30 years. “As a parent, I have found this ritual a remarkably painless way to find out what is going on in the lives of our children.”
Take a look at At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home—read a sample issue. We offer very low rates for parish use, as well as our free Moms’ Night Out monthly discussion guides.
And don’t miss our popular single-page parish handouts on handing on the faith, helping kids understand the Mass, Lent, and Advent.