The Family Meeting Game was designed by child psychologist Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D., to specifically address the stressors on families created by the coronavirus pandemic. While family meetings are always a good idea, during times of extreme stress, they can be critical in helping families develop a sense of purpose, belonging, and mutual support.
The Family Meeting Game plays like a typical board game. Players roll a die and move around a board, answering questions from six different types of cards: Talk About What Bothers You; Family Assignments; Change in the Family; Supporting the Family; Staying Healthy; and Problem Solver. When players answer the questions, they get Family Bucks in different denominations. The player who has the most Family Bucks at the end of the game gets to pitch a penny onto the Rewards Wheel.
The Family Meeting Game is a printable board game (24 pages) and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to assemble. It is designed to be played at least once a week, but can certainly be played more often if the family enjoys the interaction.