The importance of communication is frequently talked about with regards to successful relationships, but sadly, failure to communicate is very common in families today.
We need to be clear about what communication is and what it is NOT. Communication IS expressing your needs, expectations, emotions, etc. clearly and verbally. Don’t expect your spouse, children or other family members to be able to read your mind or your body language.
The other side (and the more important side) of communication is listening. Listening is a practice that is very difficult for most. By listening completely and seeking to understand the person who is speaking you will be showing the speaker that you really care about what they have to say. The fact that you are really listening to them will be evident in your body language and in your facial expressions and they will most likely give you the same courtesy when it’s your turn to speak. If you’re more concerned with your next comment or with your agenda in the conversation that will be evident as well and may not give you a desired result in the conversation.
Following these 2 simple steps in communication will open your family up to each other and will create an atmosphere of mutual respect for all.