Holding regular family meetings where all family members can get together and share their current successes and challenges makes for a supportive family dynamic where expressing emotions and experiences is not only accepted but encouraged. Whether it’s something you chose to do weekly, fortnightly or monthly it can become an important family ritual where everyone has a turn to feel heard and understood by the people who mean the most to them.
Guidelines for family meetings
- Agree on a regular time and place when everyone will be available and decide roughly how long meetings will go for.
- Encourage each family member to take their turn when speaking for a set time, discouraging others from interrupting and taking over the conversation. This will demonstrate the importance of giving others time and space to talk.
- Use love, praise and empathic listening when vulnerable hopes or fears are shared, so as to show acceptance and non-judgement.
- Having a focus for these meetings ensures everyone understands the aim and sets a sacred space for the conversation. You might like to make it the same with each meeting, or alternate focus topics each time.
- What was one thing this week/month that you’re proud of for yourself or someone in the family?
- What have you been struggling with or have found challenging this week/month?
- Share a goal or dream you’re currently working on or hope to start working on.
- Share a lesson you’ve learned from this week/month and now know how you would approach it differently if it were to happen again.
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