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Helping Your Family Communicate

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Communication is One of the Most Important Parts of a Successful Marriage

Without it, it’s easy to misunderstand one another or even forget why you fell in love in the first place. The ability to communicate is just as important for the rest of your family.

Why Communication is Important
All families run into problems from time to time. It’s simply human nature. Proper communication can make a huge difference in the number (and severity) of problems your family experiences. Family life can be more harmonious if everyone is willing to speak their minds and takes the time to listen.

A family who communicates well will be able to reach understandings. It’s easy to take things personally and get angry, but that may not have been the other person’s intention. By focusing on clear methods for discussing issues – from getting bedrooms cleaned to boyfriends – you can learn to see things from their point of view and vice versa. From there, it’ll be easier to think before you react.

Communication also helps solve problems – on both personal and family levels. Coming together to brainstorm solutions will help everyone involved feel supported while leading to better solutions.

Communicating can prevent unwanted behavior in many cases, too. Children with involved family are less likely to make poor decisions regarding drugs and alcohol use. Likewise, adults find it easier to shy away from destructive behaviors when they have a support system at their backs.

How to Improve Family Communication
Every family can benefit from improved communication, but you still have to know where to start. Here are our three favorite tips for bolstering your family’s relationship:

1. Create opportunities
One of the biggest reasons family communication suffers is because we simply don’t make time for it. Most adults feel more stressed and overworked than ever, but you have to make opportunities for your children and relatives to talk. The classic dinner discussion is a great way to include communication into your routine.

2. Share highs and lows
The habit of asking your children about their day can provide insight about their mental and social health. It will help you see what issues they’re struggling with and provide opportunity for recognition.

3. Spend individual time with each other
Remember, your loved ones might not be comfortable sharing things in front of one another. Take the time to check on individuals.

Seeking Counseling
If you don’t feel that your efforts are working or you’re unsure where to start, consider seeing a family counselor. A family counselor’s experience and knowledge can help you formulate a plan to build better communication in your family.

Additional Resources:
http://family.lovetoknow.com/about-family-values/importance-family-communication
http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/0/7_ways_to_improve_family_communication.aspx

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