Preparing a Family Meeting

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2017)

It seems like the world is always moving at a faster and faster pace. In the chaos and confusion of today's world it is understandable that families can often become disconnected. One way to combat this is to hold a regular family meeting. While there are many ways that you can hold such a meeting, the key lies in preparation. Preparing a family meeting though isn't all that hard as long as you take a little bit of time to organize everything properly. To properly prepare and organize for you first, or next, family meeting simply follow these simple guidelines.

  • Decide on a day. It is a little difficult to hold a family meeting if you don't have a time when you can meet. Choose a day that you can dedicate as a family to holding your meeting. This would ideally be a day that isn't particularly busy for everyone, such as a Sunday, Monday, or a Saturday.
  • How often will you meet? Ideally it would be best to have your family meeting each and every week. However, life isn't always ideal so you may need to go with a different schedule. While you may not be able to meet every week, you should meet regularly. This time frame could be from once a week to once a month; keep in mind though, that you should meet no less than once a month ..
  • Give everyone a chance to talk. Prepare enough time to give everyone a chance to talk. Remember that a family meeting is supposed to be a time when everyone can share what is important to them. In addition, by giving everyone a chance to talk you will be able to learn what is going on with your family, while also apprising everyone in your family as to what is going on. Unless an event is a particularly large, you should only cover the time period till your next family meeting.
  • Have an activity or a lesson. Once everyone has had a chance to talk, have an activity or lesson. Take the time available to help instill some important values to your family members, or to spend some valuable time to share each others company. Examples of lessons that you can have are discussing things like manners, safety issues, or to help teach valuable life skills. You can also play board games, go to the zoo, or even watch a movie together.
  • Close by recapping. Finish your meeting by recapping everything that happened that night. Talk about the things that you learned, what everyone is going to be doing until the next meeting and so on. This will help instill the importance of everyone's activities to one another, as well as building a closer sense of family unity.
  • Provide a dessert or treat. What better way to finish everything than by sharing something tasty. While you may not want to wait till the end of the meeting if you are watching a movie, playing a game, or doing some other type of activity, a treat is a great way to cap the night off.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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