A family meeting is one of the greatest tools to help your busy and/or large family succeed.
They don’t have to be long or complicated.
They can be short, informative, encourage family communication and keep your week smooth and drama free.
Who doesn’t want that?
What is the purpose of a family meeting?
The main purpose of a family meeting is to communicate.
It’s a way for everyone to get on the same page as a family and work together for everyone’s success and peace of mind.
Each family member checks in, asks questions and expresses their needs to avoid drama and stress later.
It makes everyone aware of family activities and expectations for the week ahead.
It is especially helpful for children and adults with anxiety or who thrive knowing life’s details.
How to run a family meeting
First, pick a day to meet and use a timer. That way everyone knows there is an end to the meeting.
Be sure to stick to that unless someone is in crisis. Fifteen minutes is a good place to start.
While every day has its challenges, most families choose a weekend day for their family meeting.
That way they start and end the week well.
The most important tool for your family meeting is a family calendar. If you don’t have one, get one. Click here to see my current favorite.
Yes, it’s great to have a digital calendar, but not everyone can see the digital calendar on your phone.
Once you get the calendar, post it where everyone sees it every day, especially the person coordinating everyone’s schedules.
Take it down for family meetings and fill in all the pertinent information for everyone through the week.
That way you know where potential conflicts are and can circumvent them before they happen.
See? Avoiding stress and encouraging communication already!
Giving everyone input
Once you have the logistics of the calendar in place, ask everyone if they are clear on the plan for the week.
If they aren’t, make the plan clearer.
Add carpool information or drivers if necessary.
If possible, include your weekly meal plan, and if you struggle with that, you can learn easy, money saving techniques to plan delicious meals your family will love by clicking here.
Next, ask if anyone needs help with anything that week.
When this is new, parents may have to encourage this conversation by asking for help with household tasks or asking older children about a difficult moment at school.
You may be surprised by your children’s wisdom and needs, especially if you take the time to listen carefully and ponder what your children say before responding.
Wrapping up the family meeting
Finally, add one last thing that appeals to each personality type.
Issue a challenge to your children who are driven to succeed.
Build in some fun to the week for your free spirited child.
Let your security seeking child know you are there for them when they need you and maybe add a quiet activity they enjoy.
And finally, let your very detail oriented child know that you welcome their input on how to improve the family meeting process because you know they have input about how to do that.
Schedule your next family meeting and know you are teaching your children a wonderful planning skill for their future success.
Where to go from here
While a weekly family meeting may not change the world, it might change your world.
A family meeting helps parents connect to their children, children to feel heard and respected by their parents and everyone to have a say in how the family runs.
That is a great stepping stone to raising great kids and making the world a better place, so having a family meeting might change the world after all.
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