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Secrets To Holding An Effective Family Meeting

Author : Stephen Jackson

Submitted : 2011-10-05 21:17:09    Word Count : 870    Popularity:   0

Tags:   family meetings, family members, members or the family, family unity, family gathering

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A family meeting gives everyone a chance to speak and to be heard by the rest of the family members. They say that family is the basic unit of society and for a society to work harmoniously, each voice is entitled to be respected based on his/her ideas and beliefs. Hence, if you want to have a family with a healthy relationship you need to hold an effective family meeting since it can allow everyone to have a unified decision like during talking about any forthcoming events, managing hectic schedules, or patching up family quarrels.

Making decision as a group is better than making your own final decision without consulting others so make sure that all members will attend the forum. It will surely resolve some issues and motivate the children to be attentive enough regarding the subject matter.

However, nowadays this is not practiced by most of the families and as a result chaos is likely to happen like misunderstanding between a parent and a child, or worst disagreement between siblings. Thus, if you want to make a change and make your family to be a better one, here are some useful tips to keep in mind for holding an effective family meeting.

For one, make sure to prepare and serve favorable meal for the whole family and organize an interesting game especially for the kids so that the family meeting will appear as a friendly and fun discussion. However, impose some restrictions like asking them to keep away from using their mobile phone, mp3's, or video games while the session is ongoing to prevent from any interruptions. Just guarantee them that it will surely be over if there are no disturbances.

Next, make sure that the forum starts earlier in a certain day than having it during the children's sleeping time and this will be favorable on your part if you have demanding daily schedules. Also, you would rather want some sleepy heads in the family meeting than having worn out audiences from a long day in school or work. Early meeting will also encourage the family members to resolve right away several issues before breakfast. Moreover, make a deal and select certain object that will serve as a medium for whoever is allowed to talk like a piece of wooden stick. In this way, it will prevent the whole family from talking over one another and eventually result in not resolving the issues.

Lastly, make an effort to fix a family meeting that will not divide an individual's focus as this will most likely to create an additional problem. Make sure to have complete details on the different schedules of the family members in order to set a specific meeting where the whole members do not have anything to do for that day. Each individual should also learn how to compromise with each other if you want a fast and positive result. Hence, it is a win-win situation for everyone.

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