You know I am all about family! I love to share books we read as a family, recipes, and everyday tidbits that make my day. Almost everything I do centers around family. That’s why, when I was asked by the author if I’d like to join her blog tour for Family Talk, I jumped on the chance.
Our family councils tend to be informal. We may have them while eating dinner or riding in the car. In fact, I don’t know that we’d even call them family council meetings because they are short and to the point. Usually, it’s when there’s a change coming up that will affect the family – like a shift in job responsibilities or scheduling. We present the information, answer questions, and then move on. I’ve found that even that short communication makes things run smoother.
Author Christy Monson, a retired family therapist, has put together a wonderful guide to holding family council meetings. She shares stories, incites, and tips that are sure to help improve any family’s communication.
What I liked about the idea of holding formal family council meetings, was that it would train my children, mostly by example, on how to conduct a meeting and keep the attendees on task and on topic. It’s a skill they won’t necessarily learn anywhere else and once they hit the business world, it can come in handy.
There are several ways to purchase Family Talk if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself or as a Christmas gift.
Do you hold regular family councils or are your family meetings sporadic? I’d love for you to share what works for your family by leaving a comment below!