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. Here are quick tips for running a successful one:

FMtip sheet

The best place to start if you have not been holding regular family meetings is to start with some Family Fun Meetings.   Plan one for the coming weekend, label it a Family Fun Event; then spend a few minutes deciding on next week’s Family Fun Event. Do not, however,  forget to also plan your me-time.

For more tips my  How To Hold Successful Family Meetings is now available in print.  Starting Friday, June 21st, however, it is free as an eBook. See the sidebar.  Offer ends  midnight of  Tuesday, June 25th.


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.


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, laugh and play,  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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