If your family meetings aren't fun, you're not doing them right. Nagging, scolding, and lectures have no place in family meetings.
Family meetings can be held around the dinner table, in the car, in the living room, and wherever it's convenient for your family. They can be formal or casual. The point is they unite your family with love, fun, time together, and are the place to share your family values.
Today you'll receive a popular format that's easy to follow and takes little time.
The weekly family meeting lasts only 20-30 minutes a week. The average child watches 23 hours of TV a week.
Opening - Commitments ~
The family meeting opens by checking the commitments from the last meeting.
Each member compliments every other member for a positive action he or she did the past week and then, compliments self.
Topic with Vote ~
Each member can bring up a family problem or fun event to discuss. Members vote on a problem to solve or a fun event to plan. The recorder writes down the problem or fun event.
The family discusses the chosen topic. The solutions are recorded.
Each member makes a specific promise to improve the family. Commitments are recorded and posted on the refrigerator as reminders.
A family game, a dessert, or both my follow the family meeting.
The Power of Family ~
Can you feel the power of family meetings? Can you see how they improve family life, include family fun, strengthen family love, and build character in your kids? As an added bonus, you'll be teaching your children communications skills, how to work as a group, solve problems, and have fun together. For only 30 minutes a week the payoff is huge.
If you have family meetings, what is your experience?
Our next blog will offer 16 loving compliments from kids for family meeting members.
Blogging about character, parenting, and family solutions ~ Jean Tracy ~ www.KidsDiscuss.com