Family Meetings at the Dinner Table
With all of the meetings I participate in there is one that I believe to be the most successful meeting I have ever encountered.
This meeting happens seven days a week with the most important people I have ever met. Every member of this meeting comes to the table eager to discuss the day’s events and progress they have personally achieved in a day’s work looking for insight into the future as well as share their personal thoughts on upcoming events.
Family meeting agenda
During this meeting home cooked meals are prepared and shared with participants. Once everyone has been served we move across the table ensuring each and every one has the opportunity to discuss their accomplishments for the day.
When things are not quite going right our team works together to determine the best possible solution for moving forward and the entire group must agree on all decisions.
Common topics include homework, chores, friends, work, personal choices, community involvement, politics, human rights, and anything and everything that has an effect on anything important to anyone who sits at this meeting.
Participant ages have been as young as 1 day old and each and every voice heard at this meeting is equally important. Attendance to this meeting is required by everyone.
Family meeting outcomes
As result of our family meetings we have seen an increased communication level across all members outside of dinnertime compared to families who are not currently participating in this process; allowing collaboration on vital decision makings of individual family members across the board.
As a proud parent of three amazing little girls I couldn’t ask for anything more.
How to conduct a family meeting
1. Assign meeting coordinators
- Meal preparer specialist
- Table-setter specialist
- Beverage authorities
- After-meeting cleanup specialists
2. Take turns around the table discussing everyone’s day
3. Enjoy each other’s company
That’s it! It’s really that simple. Why not give it a try if you haven’t already? Your family will thank you for it.
Editor’s note: Share your favorite family recipes on our entry form, which you can find on the American Family Insurance Facebook page. We’ll include some select recipes and stories in our upcoming Back to the Table electronic cookbook.