Here are a few tips to make your next family meeting even more effective:
1) Encourage everyone to participate, but don’t be overbearing.
Family meetings are best when the conversation is flowing and everyone is involved. However, make sure that family members aren’t forced, coerced or shamed into participating. If one member isn’t participating as much, try getting them involved by asking them a question.
2) Keep it positive.
It’s important that these meetings are a positive experience for the whole family. They’re designed to foster better connections with family members, and what better way to do so than to have fun? Maintain an upbeat vibe and joke around. Ask your kids to tell their favorite jokes or share a positive story from the week. When talking about conflicts, present them in a manner that suggests you are trying to improve and move on instead of disciplining. Kids will be more willing to participate and communicate if they feel supported and validated.
3) Switch up the location.
Keep family meetings exciting by doing them in different
locations each week. While it may be most convenient to do them in your home, try
hosting them in a park or while doing a fun activity.
4) Get everyone involved.
If the kids have a nanny or if their grandparents/other family members are active members in their day-to-day routines, encourage them to attend the meetings, too. This is a great way to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Final thoughts: When done correctly, family meetings can be a part of the week with which everyone anticipates gratitude and excitement. They can help model effective communication skills, fortify interpersonal relationships, and foster family bonding.
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