Family Tip #5- Why Should We Schedule a Weekly Family Meeting?

Teach your child how to communicate.

It’s so important to have a family meeting each week. All members of the immediate family should be there. Keep the meeting under an hour depending on how many people need to talk. Take turns sharing grievances, problems and good things. Don’t let it turn into a meeting of complaints. Have your meetings suit the age of your children. 

It’s important for kids know that they have a forum to speak where they can be listened to without interruption or judgment. Everyone’s feelings and ideas should be respected. Take this time to problem solve and allow the kids to figure things out themselves. This is a great gift you are giving them; the ability to solve problems. New behaviors will always do better when the kids have come up with it and agreed to it.

Family meetings are a time to share with your children any concerns and grievances. It’s also a time where you can tell your children how proud of them and give feedback on improved behaviors.

It’s also a way to teach communication between siblings. That should make for a more harmonious relationship. So look at your calendar right now and check in with your family about a night that might work for them. Have everyone put it on their calendar or in their phone and ask everyone to be there on time.

Tell me about your first family meeting. Did you have any problems? Did anything go especially well? Do you have any questions for me? You can email me at

Want to have your first family meeting in my office?


About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s