I tend to run my household like a business. Complete with spreadsheets, financial statements, projections, and plans for the future. I'm a bit of a nerd that way. In a business you hold staff meetings and in our house we hold family meetings. Do you hold family meetings?
Family meetings in our house are held usually once a month, more often if needed. They are informal affairs where we sit down at the dining table and someone is appointed to take notes. We discuss what is going on now and what is going in the near future.
Some of the things we talk about may include:
Chores and responsibilities
School activities, assignments, and upcoming events
Extracurricular activities such as band concerts, sports, time with friends, etc.
Appointments that are coming up or need to be made
Our latest great ideas
Major life decisions such as moving, any job changes, etc.
Future goals and planning
Christmas, birthday and other holiday planning
It is the perfect time for us to discuss any problems or concerns that have come up as well. Ask for advice or suggestions with certain things. It is also the perfect time to ask for help with something that is coming up. These meetings help us all come together and discuss our lives. We keep them fun, motivating, upbeat and positive.
The one thing that is never discussed in a family meeting is behavior or discipline issues. I handle that differently.