What are family meetings and how do they work?

Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on the benefits of family meetings and how to organize and have one with your family
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What are family meetings and how do they work?

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A family meeting is a meeting where the entire family gets together. It's great to have it be a structured time, a structured day, a structured place. Everyone gets together and usually there's an agenda, in the family room, on the refrigerator. Anybody in the family can add something to the agenda. We are all busy, things come up during the week, if it's something important, we add it to the agenda. When we meet as a family, each person gets a turn at being a leader. One week, it's one person. Another week, it's another person. Family meetings are really important when you are working as a team. You are a team and you need to function as a team. It's a time to solve conflicts. It's a time to express feelings and emotions. It's a time to practice leadership skills. A family meeting gives everybody a voice and your children a safe place to express that voice.
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Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on the benefits of family meetings and how to organize and have one with your family

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Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE

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is an Oregon resident, in the United States, with 18 year old boy/girl twins in the Tigard Tualatin School District, and has been an educator for almost three decades. She began her career as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, then worked as an elementary school administrator for 6 years, and then decided to dedicate herself to teaching parenting classes and workshops exclusively. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families, in a program called Redirecting Children‘s Behavior. She also has taken recent trainings in the areas of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Trauma Informed Care, Smart Voices/Smart Choices: Parents Talking with Kids about Mental Wellness and Substance Use, and Making the Connection: Stress, Teen Brains & Building Resilience. Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops, classes, coaching families and writing monthly articles for two local newspapers Tualatin Times and Tigard Times. Kim is a monthly guest on KATU's Afternoon Live and an occasional guest on KATU's AM Northwest television show doing parenting segments. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her close to one hundred 30 minute parenting podcasts found on her website. Additionally, Kim recently made her fifth trip to Asia during the last few years to teach and share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s goal for you is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with your loved ones.

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