In this week's blog, we are talking about one of the five keys to creating a happy and healthy family- COMMUNICATION!
If you have noticed an increase in fighting or even smaller disagreements in your family, the cause may be a lack of quality communication.
In the family unit, proper communication creates a pathway for each member to express their needs, wants, and feelings in a safe and loving environment. This expression then leads to a deeper understanding of one another within the family, which can strengthen connections.
If you feel like your family is struggling with communication, here are some tips to improve your skills:
-Listen to understand, not respond.
-Ask questions if you do not understand.
-Be an active listener (eye contact, nodding, etc.).
-Say what you mean.
-Use langauge that is age-appropriate.
-Think before you speak.
-Don't use hurtful language.
-Be open about your feelings.
Once you open the door to quality communication within your home, your family will transform into a happier and healthier family unit!
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