Tip #17: Have weekly family meetings
The purpose: to find out what is going on in everyone’s lives and to consult the family on important issues. Hanan started attending a Halaqa; Imran just returned from a Muslim youth camp, Bilal aced the last algebra test. The point is not to just give this news in point form. It’s to elicit discussion and communication between everyone, and to keep up-to-date about what is going on in everyone’s life, which gets harder when kids become teenagers.
This is also the place to consult the family and decide on major issues affecting everyone: a move to another city; a marriage of one of the family members; difficulties with a bully in school, etc.
Please note: Shura in the family does not mean a majority vote determines what to do about a situation. While the parents remain in charge, teens and younger children voice opinions and suggestions parents will consider in making a final decision about a matter.