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Family Council



When I was growing up, each Friday at dinner, we had what we called Family Council. We discussed family issues ---turning lights off when we left a room, where we would spend our next vacation, increases in allowance, discipline problems, the organizations to which we would donate money, sibling issues, division of household chores & errands, curfews, dating rules, dress codes. Of course my parents had the final say, but everyone could express an opinion, suggest a new idea... (continued)

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...or throw up an issue for discussion. This made all of us, especially the children, feel like we were an important part of the family. We were listened to and heard ---even if our parents disagreed in the end. When we helped to make family decisions, our parents' strict rules didn't seem so bad.

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  • Wouldn't it be wonderful if EVERY family had discussions like this? It is something every household should strive for! - by IMNENA23
  • This is a wonderful "secret" we should all be doing! - by BLOOM49

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