Family meetings provide opportunities for feelings to be aired and validated. They also allow younger children to feel they are an important part of the decision- to family vacations and other major and minor family functions.
， set a few ground rules such as:
Speak in a calm tone.Avoid name-calling， finger-pointing， and sarcasm.Turn off the TV， radio and telephones.Allow each person to voice his or her concerns and ideas.Listen to all opinions before making a decision.， also bring to the table at least one possible remedy to the situation.
Locations for future family meetings may also be brainstormed at the first meeting. Here are a few examples:
Circle TimeVery simply， sit on the floor together， in a circle. Designate an object as a 'talking token'. This can be a small stuffed animal， a necklace to be worn， a hat， or any other item that will be passed around. Whoever holds the talking token may speak. Once they are finished， pass the token to the next person.
Take turns choosing a favorite restaurant to host your family meetings. For this option， choose an afternoon or evening in the middle of the week， or at off-peak times， to avoid heavy crowds. End the meeting before dessert arrives， so everyone can indulge their sweet tooth happily.
Hobby HavenI know of several families who hold their meetings at places that cater to their favorite hobbies. For instance， one family conducts their meeting at a bowling alley. Once the meeting is over， their gathering with their love of books， by meeting at a caf in their favorite bookstore. And yet another family I know holds their weekly meeting after a joyful round of put- and fun.
However， and wherever， your family decides to host the meetings， remember this all-important point: Always end each meeting with a hug!
About The Author
Deborah Shelton is a mother， freelance writer， and author of the brand new book， 'The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones.' Visit Deborah's website for more family-; deborah@