A formal family meeting is a regularly scheduled meeting for the purpose of attending to family business, with rules, an agenda, and a decision-making process.

A meeting is any get together involving two people and at least one with an agenda.  By this definition family meetings are part of family life.  Formal family business meetings are not.  Sad, for a well run formal family meeting reduces parental stress, smooths rule-making and rule-breaking problems, gives everyone a voice, and gets the small stuff like schedules on a fast track.

Moreover, such meetings prepare you and your children for handling life’s other meetings. Finally,  such meetings  teach many important life lessons, including how to deal with not getting you way as well as strategies for getting your way.

Parenting Advice for conducting successful family meetings

The rest of the post is a repeat. Like many this is the end of a busy time and I am pressed.  And I admit, I am promoting my newest book.  But in my defense, I also would like those of you who do not hold family meetings to start. Particularly if your kids are school aged.

Tip one:   Family meetings are a potent and powerful tool for parents, but only if successful and that is not always easily accomplished.  Here are the success tips I developed. Many are drawn from the business world.  Parents are leaders, managers, CEOs; the successful in that group I dub Power Leaders and I have learned much from them.

FMtip sheet

Tip two: The best place to start if you have not been holding regular family meetings is to start with some Family Fun Meetings.   Here is one idea:  have a craft event that re-cycle’s the end of the year greeting cards in one of three ways:  Make gift tags for next year by cutting parts of the cards, punching a hole for the tie.  Have each family member make a scrap-book page out of some of the cards.  Have each family member contribute to a Memory collage that to be or put in a Family Memories Scrap book.

Tip Three: For more tips my  How To Hold Successful Family Meetings is now available in print.


If you buy it, please share a review.  And yes, there are lots of other resources about family meetings on the web, some free.  I think mine combines the best of knowledge from clinical and business gurus, but also in-the-trench parents including the many  wonderful parent advocates I worked with.  You know who you are. Thank you all.


If you do not hold regular family meetings, make doing so one of your New Years Resolution.  Even one family fun event meeting a month, with a bit of business is better than none.


First, here is my thank you gift if you have just started following me.   It is a free guide to the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. These are easy to learn, easy to practice and helpful to anyone dealing with life’s stresses and every day problems.

My book  Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for parents details all the exercises needed to get and stay emotionally strong.  All my other  books can be found on my  Amazon’s Author Page.

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As I tell myself a thousand times a day,  do not weaken, give lots of love to others and to yourself, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope  the blessing of the forces beyond our control are with you and those you love.


DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA.  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I have dysgraphia which means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are.  If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere.  If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.

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