This posts continues my efforts to urge parents to hold formal family meetings.  The best way to start is by instituting a family craft or game night.


Remember, a meeting is any get together involving two people and at least one with an agenda.  One adult wanting some fun time with one child is a meeting, but an informal one.  Announcing the meeting ahead of time, or making it a regularly scheduled meeting turns informal meetings into formal meetings.

One of my fondest memories is being taught to play various card games by my father on our very rare family vacations.  I must have been six or seven when he started including me.


Tip one: Playing games with a child starts with Patty-Cake or Inkie-Dinkie Spider.  We take our three and one year old grandchildren to the local Y and onto the Racket Ball Court.  They chase balls, we use the rackets and a great time is had by all.  Lots of games can be dumbed down and played with the pre-school set.  Doing so lays the foundation for future games.

Tip two: Use handicapping to level the playing field.  How?  Playing soccer – adults have to walk, or only hit the ball with their heads.  Playing chess with a beginner – he gets all his pieces you play with minus enough pieces to give him a chance to win.

Tip three: Games are for fun and it is how you play the game that matters – not if you win.

Tip four: My Pinterest board Family Fun and Fun for One is full of other people’s pins and ideas for family crafts.


Family meetings are a major tool for helping all in a family stay strong.  Making fun events part of each meeting enhances the power of such meetings.

Emotional Fitness Exercises are another way to stay strong, so, 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.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day,  stay strong, never 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.


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