Communication is vital to the success of any kind of relationship. Through constant dialogue, misunderstanding is minimized and frustration is avoided. Just like in a family, communication is important. It is ideal that a unit schedules a family meeting.
What is a family meeting?
Have you considered having a weekly family meeting? Its purpose is to discuss issues, voice out opinions, and make family decisions. Such meeting need not be formal that calls for minutes of the meeting and a whiteboard and marker. It can be just a simple gathering at the dining table during dinner or while playing board games. The idea is, members of the family are gathered to create a forum where all voices are equal. Some topics that can be discussed are the family’s next vacation destination, the menu for the whole week or resolve misunderstanding among siblings.
What are the advantages of a family meeting?
More than spending time with the family, the gathering offers opportunities for the kids to practice decision making. Aside from that, they also get tips on ways to negotiate and even improve on some problem-solving skills. Above all, each member of the family establishes a sense of ownership over family decisions.
As a parent, set age-appropriate expectations and make sure to respect the kids’ opinion. If you can also come up with a resolution with less input as a parent, that would surely thrill a child. The act would not only boost the youngster’s confidence in himself but develop his faith in his family who values even a little man’s opinion. More often than not, it’s the children’s valuable inputs that prevail because they can be fun, simple, and sometimes, be challenging.
What is the significance of a family decision?
Involving the kids in making a family decision serves as a great motivation for them. They feel that they truly belong and their voice is important. They likewise feel valued.
So the next time you plan your summer vacation, let the kids join the discussion. You might be surprised they’ve got more ideas than you ever expected.