Most families live life at a pace that makes reflection near impossible. Just getting through the day without a major logistical failure counts as success.
But without reflection, we fail to notice drifts in direction. Drifts in direction, if uncorrected, will leave us in places we never intended to go – places where relationships are strained, busyness takes the place of significance, and choices are made out of exhaustion.
I find almost any tool that gets me to pause is helpful. Here’s one (you can read more at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-important-questions-to-ask-yourself-every-day.html):
1. What was the best thing that happened to me today?
2. What could I have done better today?
3. What is the most important thing I must accomplish tomorrow?
4. What new thing can I try tomorrow?
5. Who are the most important people in my life and what am I doing for them?