family meeting, communication, stress prevention
All individuals and families experience stress. One of the most important ways your family can prevent and con¬trol stress is by communicating. Good communication takes time, effort, and patience, and it’s never too late to start. In fact, starting right now is critical if you are currently expe¬riencing stress, regardless of the source of the stress. Family meetings encourage effective communication. A family meeting is planned ahead—it is not spontaneous; it involves all family members; and each person is listened to with respect, no matter their age or verbal ability. Each family member has a chance to discuss personal concerns, needs, accomplishments, and endeavors.
Daniels, Ann Michelle and Gorham, Liz, "Thriving in Today’s Times:
The Family Meeting" (2009). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 452.