Entertainment Love and Romance The Trick to Better Family Meetings Use Regular Family Meetings to Plan Ahead and Communicate Effectively Share PINTEREST Email Print Use a regular family meeting to plan your schedule. Photo © Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Jennifer Wolf Communications Director Seattle Pacific University Jennifer Wolf is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a strong advocate for single moms and dads. our editorial process Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Jennifer Wolf Updated February 15, 2017 Family meetings are essential to establishing ground rules, maintaining communication, and creating a team-like atmosphere in your home. But the trick to making them work is simply having them each week, without fail. Once you introduce the concept of having a family meeting, make it a regular part of your weekly routine. Additional ('ad hoc') family meetings can be added to the schedule as needed to discuss important topics. Weekly Family Meetings Are a Time to: Sync everyone's calendarsConfirm social and family commitments for the coming weekDiscuss transportation needs and visitation schedulesTalk about upcoming school projectsVoice concernsExpress needsPlan meals for the weekAllow each family member to share one thing that they are grateful for, or one thing they are especially looking forward to Special Family Meetings Can Be a Time to: Communicate your family rules for the first timeDiscuss future plansMediate sibling conflictsPlan a vacation How to Hold Your First Family Meeting: Make a list of the topics you want to address in your first family meeting.Set a time for the meeting, and let your kids know when and where it will take place.Bring your family calendar, as well as a weekly planner (if applicable).Consider bringing a notebook, as well, in case you want to jot down any notes during the meeting.Begin the meeting by explaining that it is intended to be a safe place for each family member to voice his or her concerns.Practice actively listening to your kids throughout the meeting.Go through each item on your list.Allow each person to speak freely without being interrupted.Once you have gone through every item on your list, ask your children if there is anything else they would like to discuss.