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Parent meetings…where to start? Well, we know they are important. They are important because we are here to partner with parents, work with families and empower them. Again, we know they are important; however, most of us treat them like they are a chore or even worst a burden. We try to make parent meetings fun, engaging and memorable; however, we end up leaving disappointed.
- Purpose: Why are you meeting? Yes, it’s important; but, why are you asking them to come in on a Tuesday night, two weeks before Christmas? Rule number one when it comes to any meeting, don’t meet just to meet, have a purpose. If it’s a workshop on sex and dating, good. If it’s to implement a new program, great. If it’s to provide a guest speaker on a specific topic, awesome. If they see no purpose they will either skip out or come grumpy.
- Expectations: While you expect parent’s to treat you with the utmost respect you need to make sure you do the same in return. Therefore, make sure every meeting you hold has a solid beginning and end time, an agenda and a clear format (Check out this post on the 5 steps to an effective meeting) Prepare for them, just as you would your students. Look over your content and ask yourself, “Is this worthy of their busy schedules?“
- Takeaway: Just as you commission your teens each time you see them, you need to do the same with their parents. Whether it’s a follow up, resource or challenge, your commission is empowering them to help you grow disciples. It doesn’t have to be tangible; however, it should be something that helps them realize why your meeting was worth it.