Managing Family Meetings *

David A. Gershaw, Ph.D.

If your family does not have family meetings, maybe they should. Families might differ in size and other attributes, but family meetings need to be a priority. If you want to have family meetings, here are some important points to be remembered.

It is not enough to tell children how to make decisions.
It must be demonstrated and practiced.

Family meetings have many long-term benefits.

Wouldn't starting a tradition of family meetings be a good way to begin the new years?

* Adapted from Empowering People: Newsletter and Catalog, Summer, 1994, page 10, and excerpt from Nelson, Erwin and Delzer's book, Positive Discipline for Single Parents, Prima Publishing, 1994.

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