Family Meeting - A Suggested Format
The primary goal of the Family Meeting - To create and maintain a well-functioning, organized family that meets the needs of all of its members.
Meeting of the Minds
Leadership: Once the structure of the family meeting is decided upon then all members will take turns chairing the meeting. Parents lead the meeting until the details have been agreed upon.
- One person talks at a time.
- Everyones opinion matters and is needed in order to make good decisions.
- Treat each other with respect.
- Everyone has a right and responsibility to make their feelings known.
- Attendance & participation of all family members is critical.
- Create Win/Win Scenarios - "must give to get"
- Trust is earned
- Commitment to reach consensus but when not possible Mom & Dad have final say.
- Develop, update, and maintain a weekly calendar
- Briefly review last weeks calendar to look for what went well and what needs work
- Plan and update calendar for the coming week:
- Where is everyone going to be?
- When are they going to be home?
- What are this weeks family activities and events?
- Discuss And Plan Family Activities: Daily or weekly activities that occur regularly and everyone is expected to attend
- Discuss and Plan Family Events: Plan special activities such as trips to the zoo, movies, and other outings...Celebrate success!
Develop, review and update a weekly house use plan:
- Schedule high use home resources:
- Bathroom in AM
- Family Room
- TV schedule
Develop and Review Weekly House/Yard work Plan:
- Assign duties
- Review & discuss concerns
- Adopt a team approach
Individual Personal Agendas:
- Express feelings and concerns
- Identify and solve problems
- Identify and celebrate successes
- Make requests for changes or special arrangements for things that affect the calendar and plans outlined above.
- Make other requests.
All groups "grope & gripe" a little bit when setting up a weekly meeting format... but within the first few meetings things get better. A well functioning meeting will become something you wondered how you ever could have lived without!
Remember disorganization costs a lot more time than it takes to sit down once a week or so. And, by all means, know when to call a special meeting when necessary.
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