Why Do Family Meetings?
Give Family Members a Voice
Model/Teach Leadership and Communication Skills
Get people on the same team
Not respecting the opinions, thoughts, views, and values of others,
Trying to change others.
Not having a clear purpose
Giving away your power
- Clear Purpose and Intention
- Tackle just one topic
- Come to the meeting with an idea of where you want the meeting to go.
- Invite All To Participate/Have a Voice/Vote
- Everyone is invited to share and be heard.
- Everyone gets to vote.
- Value Driven/Respect/Understand other’s Values Might Be Different
- Understand what your values are
- Seek to understand what your teen’s values are.
- Reinforce values.
- Critical Concepts
- We like to reinforce concepts like:
- Advantages and Disadvantages
- Explore as a family what possible advantages and disadvantages are.
- Define the pros and cons.
- Positive and Negative Consequences
- What might some positive consequences be?
- What might some negative consequences be?
- How can you reinforce the outcome with positive and negative consequences.
- Keep it Simple and Short
- Keep these meetings between 15 to 20 minutes.
- You know your family best, end before people lose attention.
- Reward People for Participating
- We like to do a desert or an activity to help motivate our family to participate.
- Make it fun and rewarding.
- Practice at the Top and the Bottom of the Wheel
- Be willing to practice this many times.
- Do family meetings about fun topics to build the habit before tackling tough topics.
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