Hate meetings?  Then you probably go to  many meetings that are poorly run.  Not helpful.  Family meetings, properly run, are major parenting tools. 

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.   Most experts agree successful family meetings are one of the more useful tools for raising competent, coopertive, and confident children.  Here are five reasons to start holding such meetings now.

Reason one: Family meetings save time. Instead of one-by-one announcements regarding schedules, rule up dates  news, all the family gets the same message at the same time.

Reason two: Family meetings teach important life skills including  how to deal with attending meetings in general, how to take turns, listen, communicate, and problem solve.

Reason three: Family meetings improve cooperation. Children are more likely to cooperate when included in the problem solving process.

Reason four: Family meetings create stronger family bonds particularly when a fun event is part of the meeting.

Reason five: Family meetings provide parents with the opportunity to model respect for self and others, as well as to enforce values.

But only if the meetings are successful. So here is my gift to you.  My eBook, How to Hold a Successful Family Meeting will be available for this coming week. Mark your calendars,  and see the side bar for details.


If you do not hold regular family meetings, start with getting the family together to plan a fun event.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day,  do not weaken, hug your chilren, smile more than you frown, laugh as often as you can, forgive when laughter is not possible, be grateful, 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.


  1. Interesting. My book, “How to Get Kids to Help at Home” gives help on how to make children competent and independent. It works. Family meetings helped our children learn management skill.

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