When I was a kid and my mom made the rounds calling for one of the “family meetings” I cringed, right before I ran to hide in my closet hoping no one would miss me. On occasion those meetings were entirely pleasant but for the most part, if a family meeting was called, you knew that someone had seriously screwed up. Hopefully it wasn’t you.
Now that I am an adult and have my own family and children, those meetings are as important as ever. I’m not talking about sitting around the table every evening while eating dinner – although that is all-important in itself! – or the ones where we all sit in the living room with the TV turned off, staring at each other. I’m talking about an actual and dedicated family meeting time during which we all contribute and focus on the family dynamic.
Family meetings now are a whole different ballgame. We meet once a week to discuss everything we have going on, what big projects are due, what recipes we want to post, what do we have coming up or going down this week, where are we sitting financially, what we would like to have on the meal plan for that week – within reason, my kids’ top 2 favorite foods are salmon and shrimp, in that order. Uhhhh no. 😮
When the kids have given their input, we send them off to play in their rooms or outside while Paul and I sit down and discuss our budget and finances.
It is so very important to sit down and talk rationally and calmly (perhaps with a glass of wine?!) about the finances on a very regular basis. What have we spent this week and are we on track for our budget? Do we need to severely cut expenses for next week? Should we cancel our plans for date night this Friday and have a second Family Game Night instead?
These meetings can last anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour – or longer if I’m really enjoying my wine. 😉 When finished with the finance portion of your weekly family meeting, we make it a point to check out our SAVINGS account as well.
This will, if nothing else, remind us that even if we did have to cancel date night for this week, we are doing it for our own good and for the greater good of our family and our futures.
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