Book Spotlight: Family Talk by Christy Monson

family talkFamily Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships by Christy Monson

Christy Monson, a retired family therapist, provides in simple language concrete examples and clear language to family success through family councils.

While families are diverse and their needs are unique, a family council provides a safe and strong environment for every family to discuss issues and explore the best ways to have the family succeed. A family council is not just any meeting. It’s a special event that provides a background and foundation to create healthy family synergy. Monson teaches families what a family council is and what it is not, why it’s a perfect environment for teaching, for exploring difficult issues, learning how to play, and how best to solve problems at home, school, or work. Monson also includes information for families with special needs.

Family councils are a great way to bring children and parents together in a positive environment where they can discuss and solve problems.



Praise for Family Talk

The Family Council Guidebook is a vital and necessary addition to every home. In this day and age when emails, chat rooms, and staring at computer screens are rapidly replacing real-time human interaction, what better corrective could there be than a guidebook to how to talk with one another in meaningful, productive and healing ways. Christy Monson knows what she is talking about. It is a great blessing that she is sharing it with all of us.

—Ben Bernstein, PhD, Author of Test Success! and A Teen’s Guide to Success



ChristyAbout the Author: Christy Monson established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her books, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen and Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide To Internal Strength are published by Familius.



I was born in Medford, Oregon, but I now live in Ogden, Utah.

I love writing. It’s my way to relax, escape from the stresses of daily life, and put the things I’m passionate about down on paper.

I finished the first draft of the manuscript in about 8 months.

Christopher Robbins, Familius editor, asked me to write this book. At first I felt a little overwhelmed by the task, but as I got into it, I had a wonderful time remembering all the funny things, the problems, and challenges our family and other’s in my counseling practice faced as they raised their children. I could feel something greater than myself helping me write this book. So, as I got into the manuscript, I began to have a great time. It is one of the most fun writing projects I’ve done in a long time.

The book is entitled, Family Talk, How to Organize Family Meetings, to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships

Back Cover: You’d be amazed at what a little meeting can do. In the safe, loving environment of a family meeting, discover the perfect place to:

Teach family values

Set rules, expectations, and consequences

Solve Problems

Create family unity

Plan family outings

address sibling rivalry

Foster maturity

Set financial goals

Learn from mistakes

See the good in each other

Empower children

Navigate serious issues

and much, much more


This is a nonfiction book about strengthening family relationships, and increasing the love in your family.

This book is a lot of fun to read because of the examples of the things kids do and the way they think. Each story will bring a smile as the reader learns true principles of how to love and nurture a family.


  1. This sounds like an interesting book, I think a lot of families could benefit from it.

  2. Thanks for the post. I appreciate it. You are right. A lot of families can benefit from it. It really helped our family to hold council meetings when our children were young. Christy Monson