Hi, we are Alex and Lisa Mont-Ros and we are parents to 5 children within our blended family. We've been parenting for over 20 years, and it feels like time flies by! We've been also married for almost 10 years now. With all that said, we take being great leaders pretty seriously. Being a great leader for our family means we have to think about the things we do and how they affect our family. It takes work, but it's worth it because it helps our kids, our marriage, and how people will remember us later on.
One way to stay focused and lead as a parent is to have a plan and structure in place. A family meeting is a great tool for this because it helps everyone thrive if you do it right!
Yet, before our family meetings could be successful, we had to overcome some challenges. To have successful family meetings, we needed to make sure we did a few things well. This included planning for our meetings in advance and sticking to the plan. We also had to do the things we talked about in the meeting and stay accountable. It was also important to be consistent every week, so everyone knew what to expect.
Over the years, we used to have a lot of family meetings, but it was hard to stay organized. We had a lot of loose agendas and no real process. It was tough to stay focused and know what to do the following week after our family meeting was done.
The reason for family meetings was to communicate and make sure we're all on the same page, but we didn't feel like this was happening. It was also hard to stay consistent and finding time with everything else we had going on. And as our kids got older, it was even harder to keep meeting consistently because of all their extra time commitments they had. Something had to change and change quickly!