I saw an article in our Sunday paper a while ago about family meetings. I think it's a great idea. We had family meetings in our family when the kids were growing up, but it was called dinner time. In fact, the kids talked so much that Art and I had to learn to talk to each other again once they left home for college.
The article mentioned some good steps to take:
1. Start with a plan. Choose a time and place for the meeting.
2. Whiteboard items. Jot down things on a whiteboard during the week so you can discuss them at the meeting when cooler minds are prevailing.
3. Go over the family schedule of events and changes to routine, discuss plans for holidays, etc.
4. Give rewards like having the kids choose a meal for the week, etc.
Sounds good to me. We have a whiteboard in the kitchen right now that my mother refers to so she knows what Art and I are planning for the week. Our meetings even now are at every dinner so we don't need any formal time to meet.
I suppose modern families are having a difficult time getting together. My mother said one of the most important pieces of advice her father gave her before she left home was to always have dinners together. Art and I tried to always make sure we had family dinners where TV was NOT allowed. I wish more families could do that now.