Expert Parent Advice

The Power of the Family Meeting

Between work and our volunteer commitments, most of us go to enough meetings, right?  Who needs another meeting?

You do!  The kind of meeting I’ll share with you will be one of the best meetings you ever attend – it’s called a Family Meeting, and it can transform your family.

I’m Amy McCready with Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the Expert Parenting Advice Series.  Today, we’re talking about the amazing power of Family Meetings.

A weekly Family Meeting is simply getting together once a week to connect, get organized as a family, brainstorm solutions to typical family problems and to have fun.  Kids, ages four and up can participate, and it’s one of the best things you can do for your family.

The first item on the Family Meeting agenda is compliments and appreciations.  This is such a cool way to start a Family Meeting as everyone takes a turn offering a compliment or appreciation to someone else. 

Compliments and appreciations can sound like this: to your spouse,  “Thank you for covering carpool for me while I was out of town.” And to your kids, “Jason, thank you so much for helping with the yard work this weekend; that really made a difference for our family.”  And “Sophie, I’ve noticed how you’ve been working so hard on your reading. You should feel really proud of your progress.”

Each person takes a turn giving everyone else a compliment or appreciation. This is especially cool between siblings because even though they may fight like cats and dogs at times, they love hearing appreciations from each other.

After compliments and appreciations, it’s time to discuss the family calendar for the week.  Our family lives are BUSY, and this is a way to get everyone on the same page for the week ahead. Who has soccer practice? Who’s going to a birthday party? Are we having a babysitter this week? Is Mom or Dad going out of town?  Reviewing the weekly calendar gets everyone on the same page for the week ahead.  In addition to calming the chaos of our busy lives, it also teaches your kids an important life lesson in the value of planning.

After compliments and appreciations and the weekly calendar, there are other important agenda items to follow that you don’t want to miss.

You can find the rest of the family meeting agenda items in the interactive that goes along with this video – definitely check it out.

Then, go ahead and start your Family Meetings.  Kids, ages four and up can participate, and you can take turns leading the meeting each week.  Imagine how empowering it is for a four year-old to lead a Family Meeting. 

Keep your Family Meetings simple when you start, and you can always add new agenda items, as you are more comfortable with the process.  It will be one of the best meetings you ever attend!

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I’m Amy McCready for Kids ‘R’ Kids and I’ll see you next time!