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Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships Paperback – June 3, 2014
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About the Author
Christy Monson received a B.S. degree at Utah State University and an M.S. at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, spending a great portion of her time working with young people and their families. She and her husband, Robert have raised six children and have fourteen grandchildren.
She has written a children's book series, Texting Through Time, and has a picture book, Love, Hugs, and Hope When Scary Things Happen, released September 1 of 2013. Her self-help book, Becoming Free, A Woman s Guide to Internal Strength was also released September 1, 2013, Her articles have been published on the web in Familius, Gospel Ideals, LDS Witness, Modern Molly Mormon, and American Night Writer s Association.
Catherine s articles, stories, and essays have appeared in The Vocabula Review, Prick of the Spindle, Sew News, Fan Story, Yesterday's Magazette, Reminisce Magazine, in three Outrider Press anthologies, and Lessons from My Parents. Her debut novel, A Matter of Happenstance, is a four-generation family saga that explores the power of personal character over coincidence. Like Going on Nine, it is set in St. Louis. Catherine is a board member of the Chicago-area TallGrass Writers Guild. She and her husband, Dennis, have two daughters. Their first grandchild, Lillian Leslie Gould, was born in June 2013. Catherine and Dennis divide their time between Chicago and Bonita Springs, Florida.
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The book is based on establishing Family meetings or councils. These meetings can be formal or informal, but are nevertheless extremely important in organizing, working together, solving family concerns and having family fun.
Her introductory story was just so poignant. Her family cared for her 97 year old grandmother in their home. What they did to care for her, by working together, and creating treasured moments with her, was very touching. I think I cried all the way through those experiences. I related to this story because I too had my Mother in our home during her declining years and my children and grandchildren were blessed to have opportunities to serve her.
I loved the following thought expressed by Christy at the end of the Introduction:
"Our lives haven't been perfect. We've had our problems, but incidents like this one have infused our lives with positive energy, and we are all stronger for having worked together."
That is the premise of this book; to work together to strengthen your families.
Her stories are real and needed in our era of raising families today. As she shared the success of redefining troubled families through the method of Family Councils; I could see how relevant this book is. There are delightful stories of families who made significant progress in just everyday circumstances through these meetings. Her stories come from her own years of raising 6 children, friend's stories and those families she worked with on a professional basis.
I highly recommend this book.
I always wonder why important things in life don’t bring a manual. Things like kids, spouses and jobs usually make us think of how we would love to have a manual. Fret no more with Family Talk by Christy Monson you will have a great idea of how to talk with your family and get the best result.
My husband and I have had many family meetings when our children were growing up. I remember one in particular were we decided as a family to adopt a thirteen years old child. Now that they have families of their own, we still have family meetings to plan camping trips or who to vote for in the next election. You never outgrow family meetings. They are the best tools to solve problems, to teach principals and to clear up any misunderstanding. It is easy and we have seen the great results in our family for many years. It works, just give it a try and you too will be a believer.
I recommend this book to anyone from the age of 8 to 99. You will find in this book a great source for effective and none confrontational way of having a talk with anyone in your life.
Family Meetings (or councils) are SO IMPORTANT!
We tried as a young family...but I SO WISH I had had this books as a guideline...they would have been SO MUCH BETTER!
Using real-life examples Christy Monson will show you how an effective family council can be set up and instigated.
She will often also explain the results of the family council and how it affected the family.
Truly effective~ if you do it the way the book describes!
If you have a family or want a family or know of a family~ this book will be so valuable to you!
Christy has the experience behind her!
And her wisdom is tremendous!
I now TRULY BELIEVE in family councils!