To lead your family effectively, you need to learn how to huddle regularly. The ‘huddle’ is where a team (a) sets its goals, (b) discusses the division of responsibilities, and (c) tackles the issues that determine whether it wins or loses.
Parent, even though you call the shots from overhead, your family must be taught how to accomplish them on the field. That means… working through things… talking through the disagreements… motivating and appreciating each member.
Try to listen with an open heart. Don’t just hear what your children say, try to understand how they feel. Yes, you’re the boss, and yes, you can act like the Gestapo and enforce your will if you want to. But sooner or later you’ll have trouble, for resentment grows when people feel left out. Every member of your team has got to be part of the decision-making process. Involve them! Ask God to help you look beyond what you want, to what’s best for all of you.
And don’t fall under the spell of instant gratification. What looks good to you today could be taking you off the path to a better tomorrow.
Don’t let ‘outsiders’ into your huddle. Tell them to stay in their own. Too often their opinions are based on hearsay, self-interest or jealousy.
Respect the privacy of your team. Build loyalty. Huddle regularly in prayer. When you do that, everybody wins!
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