ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Family Meetings Getting the Most out of Family Bonding

Updated on October 4, 2011

Family Bonding Is Not Just For Eating

Share Leadershp Roles


Good family bonding requires a small bit of planning. OK, good family times and family bonding requires NO planning. However, the family spending time around a dinner table reviewing the week or the month's schedule does make for a strong family bond.

I have been the CEO of "calling a family meeting" to get the three of us together to bring the family inline with the world has been essential. Schedules, loose language, respect, goal setting, values, discussions after Sunday church, etc. "We" valued this time togehter.

Yes, there have certainly been times when I have said, :"I call a family meeting at 7:00 pm" caused groans, smirks, and "what are we going to do now? statements. I would say "No smirks from you Mr." I am always reading an article here or there to "enrich" the family bonds and try something new. OK, what didn't work was me always being the Chairwoman of the meetings. We would even write down what everyone wanted for dinner. The smirks and groans would again surface, but they did not give my fish stick casserole a chance or the sloppy joe pie. (Some meals I have really bombed at.) Which is why asking everyone what they DID want and what they DID not want worked for the three of us.

Rule One: Take turns acting as the Chairperson. There were only three of us in the family so I would pass the opportunity to our fifth grader and my husband. It would always be pretty entertaining for our son to say, "Dad...Hmm, how are you doing with your goals this week?" "Are we trying our hardest?"

Rule Two: Ask for homework once a month. For example, bring a clean joke to the table the next time we get together. Think of one thing of Who, What, Why or Where to ponder.

Once when I asked the "Who, What Question", The answers were off the chart creative!" When my son was in the 7th grade, he said,."Do you think God made bees yellow with black stripes or black with yellow stripes?" Pretty good, right? My husband said, "Why don't they make peanut butter and jelly pop tarts?" Again, this is the kind of brain power that kitchen tables are soooo useful for!

Rule Three: Don't have more than two rules or you won't get much participation. With three participants, we needed a bit of freedom. All of us are strong willed.

Rule Four: Write goals down and schedules.

Rule Five: Plan something fun using a budget. We found that we can be very creative. We even discussed Halloween candy. (Evidently handing out play dough and shoe strings instead of candy did not make us the "cool" house.) Yes, I had smarties and handing EVERYTHING was always age appropriate!

Rule Six: Limit the time of the meetings. 30 minutes or 45 minutes is good. We are a little long winded and discussions would get off topic pretty much all the time, but this is what building leadership is all about, right?

Rule Seven: Schedule the next meeting before the meeting closes.

Rule Eight: No one leaves the table mad!

Have fun!




working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)