Our Family Meeting Book: Fun and Easy Ways to Manage Time, Build Communication, and Share Responsibility Week by Week

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In most families today, everyone's running in different directions. Kids are more involved than ever in activities, lessons, sports, and school. Chances are, both parents work.

How can you find time to sit down together and talk? Time to set goals, solve problems, make plans, applaud achievements, share values, and create traditions?

Open this book to find 52 simple, enjoyable agendas for weekly family meetings. Don't worry, they won't take ...

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Overview

In most families today, everyone's running in different directions. Kids are more involved than ever in activities, lessons, sports, and school. Chances are, both parents work.

How can you find time to sit down together and talk? Time to set goals, solve problems, make plans, applaud achievements, share values, and create traditions?

Open this book to find 52 simple, enjoyable agendas for weekly family meetings. Don't worry, they won't take long -- as little as 15 minutes each week. This small commitment can bring big results and rewards, like deeper family communication, stronger family bonds, positive self-esteem in kids, mutual love and respect, character development, responsibility, and much, much more.

The agendas aren't just for reading and discussing. They're also for writing on.

The more you use this book, the more it becomes a written history of your family's life together -- and a treasured keepsake.

Families come in many different types and sizes. But any family can benefit from regular meetings. This friendly, colorful book can make your family meetings meaningful, manageable, and enjoyable for everyone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421209
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Introduction 1
Why Your Family Needs Family Meetings 1
How to Use This Book 1
How to Hold a Family Meeting 2
Ten Tips for Holding a Successful Family Meeting 4
A Few Words About Families 5
Weekly Meeting Agendas 7
What Does Our Family Stand For? (Family Values) 8
"I help, too, Daddy" (Chores & Responsibility) 10
Share and Share Alike (Sharing) 12
Make a Date (Family Fun) 14
Stressed to Impress (Family Values) 16
Word Games (Communication) 18
Respect Your Elders (Respect for Elders) 20
Tempting Takeovers (Responsibility) 22
Forgive and Forget (Forgiveness & Tolerance) 24
True Blue (Friendship & Loyalty) 26
Just One of Those Days (Coping with Adversity) 28
It Takes a Community (Community Service) 30
Take Your Chances (Risk-taking) 32
Play Fair! (Fairness) 34
Laugh Attack (Family Fun) 36
Be Prepared! (Emergency Planning & Safety) 38
Too Much of a Good Thing (Materialism) 40
Out of Bounds (Rules) 42
Comeback Lines (Peer Pressure) 44
Cheaters Never Win (Honesty) 46
You Don't Have to Shout (Communication) 48
Dress Code (Clothing & Peer Pressure) 50
Never Give Up (Persistence) 52
Full Esteem Ahead (Self-Esteem) 54
Dream Team (Teamwork & Cooperation) 56
Foul! (Foul Language & Family Values) 58
Mum's the Word (Confidentiality) 60
Never Say Never (Communication) 62
Boredom Busters (Creativity) 64
Don't Talk to Strangers (Safety & Manners) 66
No Ifs, Ands, or Buts! (Communication) 68
Magic Words (Manners) 70
From "Me" to "We" (Family Loyalty) 72
Home Alone (Safety & Responsibility) 74
Bending the Rules (Rules) 76
The Elephant Man (Prejudice & Tolerance) 78
Foodies (Food Battles & Health) 80
Boasting Right (Confidence) 82
Sweet Dreams (Fun & Communication) 84
TV Turnoffs (Television & Family Values) 86
Keep Out! (Confidentiality) 88
Gender Bender (Gender Roles) 90
The Golden Rule (Thoughtfulness) 92
Count to 10! (Resolving Conflict) 94
Show Them the Money (Family Finances) 96
Best Friends! (Friendship) 98
Let's Make a Deal (Negotiation) 100
Justice for All (Resolving Conflict) 102
Thanks to You (Gratitude & Courtesy) 104
Bedtime Battles (Sleep Habits) 106
Must-Haves (Materialism) 108
Ties That Bind (Rituals) 110
Tools 113
Summer Fun 114
Free--or Nearly Free--Summer Activities 115
Trip or Vacation Planner 116
Camp Planner 118
Our Family's Top Ten Summer Memories 119
Celebrations 120
Party Planner 121
Thank-You List 122
Chore Chart 123
Family Bank & Trust 124
Resources 125
Index 127
About the Authors 129
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