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.
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