Episode #6 in the “Raising Kids Who Can Cope” Series
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We all want to raise kids who are emotionally and socially intelligent and are able to recover from disappointment to grow stronger every day into adulthood
Holding family meetings will strengthen your family and help children become more helpful and capable, as well as allowing them to build important communication and problem solving skills.
A good way to start having family meetings is to propose a regular, weekly meeting time. You can use your first meeting to discuss structure of future meetings, as well as the decision-making process. It may be helpful to have an agenda. Taping a blank piece of paper to your refrigerator door, where family members can write down items they would like to discuss during the meeting that week, will get you started. Of course, calling an emergency family meeting will mean there will be no agenda.
There are several reasons to host a family meeting in your home. Family Meetings increase family unity and cooperation, decrease family conflict, increase love and mutual respect, increase family organization and build skills and competency.
The long-term effects of family meetings are numerous, but learning good communication and building healthy self-esteem are things that will turn children into confident teens and responsible adults.
Raising Kids Who Can Cope is a 28-part series developed to build skills, knowledge and awareness in adults who play a role in young people’s lives. It is brought to you by Jackson County UW-Extension and Together for Jackson County Kids. Find out more at Raising Kids Who Can Cope.
Fleming, E., Kumpfer, K., Molgaard, V. (2007) Strengthening Families Program. Ames, IA: Iowa State University University Extension.
Solter, A. (2003) Family Meetings for Conflict Resolution. Aware Parenting Institute, 118. Retrieved from http://www.awareparenting.com/familymeetings.htm