Life is busy. Most of us are moving in many directions at warp speed. It can be hard enough to keep track of our own schedule, let alone everyone else’s. If you live with others, a weekly planning meeting provides a reliable forum for briefly coming together and getting everyone on the same page.
A family meeting can include spouses, older children, grandparents, or anyone else who is living in the household. The meeting works best when it is held at the same time every week (e.g. Friday evening or Saturday morning), and is quick (ideally ten minutes or fewer).
At the meeting, begin by reviewing calendars for the week ahead. Take time to identify who needs to be where by when, and assign any chauffeur duties. Next, talk about what noteworthy events family members have coming up so everyone can be aware and supportive. Finally, review household/family projects and assign next steps that need to be tackled.
Limiting the timespan of the family meeting is the secret to keeping everyone engaged and willing to participate.
Do you hold a family meeting in your home?