- Set up a consistent day and time to meet. Pick a time where everyone is most likely to participate (ex: Mondays at 7, every other Tuesday after dinner, etc.)
- Begin and end on time. Maybe designate someone to be in charge of the time.
- Always start and end on a positive note
- Rotate roles such as leader, timekeeper, and secretary to help promote equality, active listening, and problem solving
- Focus on one topic/problem at a time
- Take a break if things get to intense
Start off with the following sample structure, and alter it as you figure out what works best for your family
- Start with complements – Each person gives at least one compliment to another member in the family
- Brainstorm a topic such as an upcoming birthday, family rules, rewards, chores, consequences, etc.
- End with something positive to share such as something you enjoyed during the day or something you are looking forward to