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My 3-year-old asked for a family meeting

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Cecilia Pigg - published on 01/18/22

After the first family meeting, we never stopped -- and here's why.

“Hey mom, can we have a family meeting?” My (then) 3-year-old would request family meetings every other day for a month. So I, my husband, and my young son would gather together, usually on the couch snuggled in some blankets, and we’d talk about what was going to happen that day or in the upcoming weekend, or we would plan how to tackle a big project around the house that needed to be done.

At the time, I just figured my son liked the fact that we were all talking together while cozy on the couch during the cold winter evenings. I think looking back, though, that he also relished feeling grown up, as he was part of the discussion. And he liked knowing what to expect as far as our schedule went. A regular family meeting provided that.

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