Family meetings may sound like something you see on a reality TV sitcom, you know where the whole family sits down and has nothing but nice things to say to each other. The whole idea of a family meeting may seem like some fairy tale dreamland, but reality is lots of people are starting to host a family meeting. The reason behind a family meeting is to ensure the family is on the same page, that everyone feels as if they are part of something larger than individuals and to ensure each member is having their needs met.
The best way to start hosting a family meeting is to discuss the idea as a whole, sit down with every member of your family and discuss the idea of hosting a weekly meeting. You are sure to meet some resistance at first because after all most of your younger family members may much prefer to be on electronic devices than actually communicate in words to the family.
Now that you have a set schedule for the weekly family meeting you must create an agenda that will be stuck to each time you host a meeting. If you have teenagers in the home you are sure to meet resistance with them initially accepting the responsibility to be home for every meeting, but if you maintain firm expectations that they are to be there or suffer a consequence they will learn to be there on time for each meeting.
The family meeting should always start by having some snacks to keep people slightly distracted yet united, think about it – food brings everyone together! Once you are all seated, the meeting can start. Have each family member mention something that they appreciate about another family member, take turns sharing a sentence about something you appreciate about another member of the family. This helps to bring everyone to a positive place for the meeting to continue.
As you continue on in the family meeting, take turns so that each person is allowed to speak freely and share their own personal feelings without fear of being ridiculed or judged. There are no consequences during a family meeting, only the expectations to remain respectful and honest. Remember each family meeting will get easier as it becomes a weekly routine for your family unit.
The connection your family will build during these weekly meetings will be worth every moment spent together during this hour long meeting. Eventually you will see the bond grow and siblings getting along better than before because the air will be cleared and your family will feel whole again.
About the Author: Brandy Ellen is a Positive Lifestyle Blogger born and raised in New Hampshire, USA.
Brandy is a successful work from home mom of three who enjoys inspiring others to live life fully. Learn more about Brandy at HappilyBlended.com.