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Family meetings.

Air Date: 11/13/12 In every family, time is short. There are jobs, communications, schooling, chores, and extracurricular activities. In our busy lifestyle how do we get together to resolve our many problems when we time is so short. One solution is family meetings. Families can gather and discuss their activities for the week and problems in an environment where people aren't yelling. Regular family meetings give children a voice and the opportunity for parents to tap their creativity and energy. Have meetings as frequently as you would like. They don't need to be long, as long as they're frequent. An agenda should be posted in a common area where people can put items they would like discussed in the family meetings. Be careful not to let family meetings turn into gripe sessions and discuss solutions to family concerns. And you can end them with dessert or a cartoon everyone likes to bring family together in a positive way. Hear more suggestions on how to begin and conduct your next family meeting on this week's edition of Parenting. Parenting with Cheryl Erwine airs every Tuesday morning on 88.7 FM, KUNR, and can be reached at 775-331-6723 or