Family meetings: are they necessary, and do they work?

I have this idealistic vision in my head about family meetings.

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The whiteboard has killed the drill sergeant

About two weeks before school started, I bought a whiteboard and a pack of colourful dry-erase markers.

Whiteboard daily reminder list

The last two weeks of summer and the first week of school coincided with a dizzying array of activities, some ending, some beginning, and a tournament looming. Add to that the start of school, a new schoolbus for one child and a new public transportation routine for the other, I anticipated some headaches (mostly for me).

This year, the family will be forced to accept that schedules are a necessary evil in this house because I am sick to death of yelling and repeating commands all day long like some sort of drill sergeant.

The white board has been my saviour!

I’m happy to explain why this works:

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Kids activities, conflicts, schedules and drama

There is something to be said about explaining kids’ activity schedules to friends and family. Does this look familiar to you?

photo credit: Youth Hockey Chicago facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Hockey-Chicago-248397971904360/?fref=photo)
photo credit: Youth Hockey Chicago facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Hockey-Chicago-248397971904360/?fref=photo)

The way the professor is standing there, wondering why everyone is looking at him like he has horns…that could be me when I talk about hockeyringettegymnasticsplaydatesbirthdayparties and all the rest of it to various friends and family… Continue reading “Kids activities, conflicts, schedules and drama”