Written by Heather Caliri
I was the kind of new mother who read discipline books when my child was too little to hold up her head.
Let’s call that well-prepared instead of terrified, shall we?
My first foray into discipline books was Positive Discipline. Among other things, the author, Jane Nelsen, recommends family meetings to help resolve problems.
What’s a family meeting? Sit everyone down in a circle, plan fun events, share intentional, kind compliments, and also address grievances and problems in a democratic fashion.
I loved this idea when I first read it nine years ago. I loved imagining facilitating discussions. I loved imagining us growing together as a family.
But I didn’t like imagining the implementation.
Why? I was afraid it wouldn’t work.