Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships

Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships

by Christy Monson


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Christy Monson, a retired family therapist, provides in concrete examples and clear language the keys to family success through family councils.

While families are diverse and their needs are unique, a family council provides a safe and strong environment for every family to discuss issues and explore the best ways to have the family succeed. A family council is not just any meeting. It's a special event that provides a background and foundation to create healthy family synergy. Monson teaches families what a family council is and what it is not, why it’s a perfect environment for teaching, for exploring difficult issues, learning how to play, and how best to solve problems at home, school, or work. Monson also includes information for families with special needs.

Family councils are a great way to bring children and parents together in a positive environment where they can discuss and solve problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938301797
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Christy Monson received a BS degree at Utah State University and an MS at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a licensed marriage and family therapist, spending a great portion of her time working with young people and their families. She and her husband, Robert, have raised six children and have fourteen grandchildren.

She has written a children’s book series, Texting Through Time, and has a picture book, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen, released 2013. Her self-help book Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide to Internal Strength was also released 2013.

Her articles have been published on the web on, Gospel Ideals, LDS Witness, Modern Molly Mormon, and American Night Writer’s Association. Her blog address is

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Table of Contents

What Is a Family Council? 
A Place to Solve Problems
A Place to Teach Your Children                                   
A Place to Grow Up Together
A Place to Play Together                                                                              
Messages the Family Council Sends to Children
Family Councils Model for Children

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The Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Family Meetings (or councils) are SO IMPORTANT! We tried as a young family...but I SO WISH I had had this books as a guideline...they would have been SO MUCH BETTER! Using real-life examples Christy Monson will show you how an effective family council can be set up and instigated. She will often also explain the results of the family council and how it affected the family. Truly effective~ if you do it the way the book describes!
AnnadelC-Dye More than 1 year ago
Communications is the key to any success, be it in families, work or socially. In Family Talk by Christy Monson, you will find many ideas of things that have helped many other regular people in their regular lives. Christy gives real examples of what to do and how to do it.  I always wonder why important things in life don’t bring a manual. Things like kids, spouses and jobs usually make us think of how we would love to have a manual. Fret no more with Family Talk by Christy Monson you will have a great idea of how to talk with your family and get the best result.  My husband and I have had many family meetings when our children were growing up. I remember one in particular were we decided as a family to adopt a thirteen years old child. Now that they have families of their own, we still have family meetings to plan camping trips or who to vote for in the next election. You never outgrow family meetings. They are the best tools to solve problems, to teach principals and to clear up any misunderstanding. It is easy and we have seen the great results in our family for many years. It works, just give it a try and you too will be a believer.  I recommend this book to anyone from the age of 8 to 99. You will find in this book a great source for effective and none confrontational way of having a talk with anyone in your life.