- May 12, 2016
- Posted by: Dale W. Vernon
- Category: Education, Parenting
Having trouble getting your family to gather together?
All parents aspire to have a family that stays close, communicates and enjoys spending time together. We want to know what’s going on in our children’s lives. Additionally, we want to raise children who will make the right choices when we are not there to guide them.
Is that what you want for your family?
Then you need to incorporate routine family huddles and meetings as part of your families culture of communication. It may sound overly formal, but structured quick huddles or longer family meetings with your children will improve communication, while reminding them that they are part of a family that knows who they are, what they believe in and ultimately how they do things. That’s unity.
To establish an intentional culture of communication you must begin with a framework to drive conversation. When you build a series of steps around a desired outcome, you ingrain a process that is repeatable. Putting a process in place around communication supports effective interaction. For families, wrapping processes around communication provides the framework to support effective family interaction around the exchange of ideas and your values.
Initiate the practice of family huddles and meetings. The best format for you and your family is the one you actually implement and carry out. You will find that the easiest path to happiness in our family is to do something intentionally and consistently.
Define the structure and format of your gatherings — huddles are more frequent and short (10-15 minutes max), and meetings are more expansive weekly and/or semi-monthly affairs. Set the expectation of involvement and highlight why communicating is so important to your family. Be consistent and stick to the schedule. Always make time. And, of course, make your family meetings and huddles interactive, conversational and fun.