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How to Use Family Meetings to Build a Closer Family

“Held regularly at a mutually agreed upon time, family meetings provide a forum for discussing triumphs, grievances, sibling disagreements, schedules, any topic of concern to a family member. To get resistant kids to join in, combine the get- together with incentives such as post- meeting pizza, or assign children important roles such as recording secretary or keeper of the family record book.

Introducing family meetings is the hard part; after that they’re so rewarding they take on a life of their own. If you start family meetings during preschool, you’ll have them later when you really need them. Here’s how to begin.”

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