The beginning of the year offers an opportunity to reflect back on the previous year and think about the upcoming year. While people tend to do this type of reflection on an individual basis, the below questions are designed to be considered and discussed as a family. Depending on the ages of the children involved in the discussion, some of the wording may need to be modified. The questions can also be modified for shorter periods of time as some children may struggle to reflect on a one year period of time.
Please see the note at the bottom of this post if you are interested in questions for individual reflection.
Family Reflection Questions
- What were the highlights of the past year for your family? What made these experiences highlights?
- What were your family’s greatest challenges in the past year? What have you learned from these challenges?
- How did your family show gratitude in the past year? How would you like to do so in the coming year?
- Create a list of topics that are important to your family and consider how you were able to connect as a family around these topics during the past year. Examples of topics that families may consider include; community service, appreciation of nature, creative expression, faith or physical activity. Anything that is important to your family can be included in the list of topics.
- What would your family like to do more of in the coming year? What do you want to do less of?
I hope these questions spark good conversations for your families as we enter the upcoming year.
Happy New Year!
Note: I have also wrote a list of individual reflection questions in another post.