A Family Meeting can be a great way to prevent or defuse problems in the family. By holding family meetings, you can teach children the “give and take” that comes with cooperative problem solving and decision making. Here are five guidelines for holding effective family meetings:


1. Use the family meeting to identify potential problems and risk
2. Share thoughts and feelings
3. Generate guidelines for behavior
4. Decide on logical consequences for violating the guidelines (if necessary)
5. Follow up later

If your family needs help resolving problems and conflict, call The Refuge Center for Counseling to schedule an appointment with one of our family therapists.

Source: Popkin, M. (2009).  Active parenting of tends, Third edition.  Atlanta, GA: Active Parenting Publishers.

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