How to Have a Family Meeting
Why and how to gather your brood for regular discussions.
In The Brady Bunch, Mike Brady would round up his wife and kids for a meeting any time there was a big issue to discuss. Well, family meetings work in real life, too. Experts say they’re especially helpful for ADD families.
Gather your brood together on a regular basis – perhaps once a week for 20 minutes. Here are some guidelines:
Have an agenda. Post it on the refrigerator one day before the meeting, so each family member has an opportunity to add to the list.
Give everyone a chance to speak without interruption. Use a timer, if necessary, to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity.
Designate a note-taker. Have someone jot down what was discussed, along with any decisions that were made. Review these notes at the next meeting.
End each meeting with something special – a dessert, a favorite board game, or some other treat.