A family solely flourishes with love, care, and compassion. And to keep these emotions flowing, communication plays a vital role. A home is built with people staying in it. Else it will solely remain a place built with blocks. t is the only way to nurture healthy, and fruitful relationships between family members. Researches have revealed that effective communication is the essential building block of strong relationships between family members. Communication is the key and essential instrument in bonding people within a family.
Communication refers to not only verbal but also non-verbal. Communication also involves the ability to pay attention to what others are thinking and feeling. Communication as a channel creates an open and honest atmosphere that allows family members to express their differences as well as Mother love and admiration for one another. Most of the unavoidable situations can be averted through the mode of communication, which at times arises in the family.
Communication within the family is extremely important, as it encourages one to share and discuss crucial issues, and get the resolution. Communication within the family should not be routine. Frequent and casual communication, not only helps you to express your feelings exactly but also encourages others to talk. Mutual communication helps people to grow in the affectionate relationship with each other.
According to the variety of conversation we conduct, it has been divided into categories. Let’s explore these categories below. Each of these styles has benefits and disadvantages.
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So the communicator has to choose wisely, which category needs to be chosen when according to the styles of communication.
1. Strive to be gentle and Precise
Being polite, gentle and precise is the rule applicable to any communication, so is to family communication. It should not be left for the other member to interpret. Being calm and gentle when you communicate is helpful to invite the attention and action of others. Leaving blanks, and assuming others to understand invites for an argument, not the solution.
Do not beat around the bush and make others unknown of the messages which you intend to pass. Especially with children, being very very gentle to pass on the message. Thoughtless words said in anger, only intensifies the atmosphere. Avoid getting into that.
2. Frequency should never be broken
Due to hectic lifestyle these days, it is difficult to carve out time for family members and indulge in meaningful conversation. It is extremely important to find out creative ways to make time to communicate. Healthy families communicate their thoughts and feelings and make the most of their family time. This is especially important when attempting to resolve problems that arise between family members. It contributes majorly to creating intimacy and emotional bonding.
One should not wait for opportunities to speak with members of the family. There should be this much liberty to be oneself and speak their heart and mind out. Casual communication not only encourages to express your feelings exactly but also paves way for others to talk. Mutual communication helps people to grow in an affectionate relationship with each other.
3. More than words
Communication need not necessarily always be being vocal. It is more than a verbal expression. Even the presence, communicates a lot. Many a time, non-verbal communication conveys a lot, even more than verbal. Use of gestures of affection lavishly has the magic of making one understand the feelings and intentions of the individual.
A hug, a thumbs-up, a kiss, a pat, hand holding, let the other person the meaning behind the expression. Even at times of speaking, in a bit of loud pitched voice, be precise and help them understand the message.
4. Spread the Positivity
Be it personal or professional, positive approach to any issue leads the conversation in the right direction. Even while correcting someone, keep the approach positive. It will be much more influencing and effective. Keep the communication encouraging, supporting, soothing, and appreciating.
Negativity in any relationship will destroy the warmth. Sarcastic communication between family members always resorts to diminishing respect and trust levels. It destroys the mood of the talk and forces members to withdraw themselves deliberately from family communications.
5. Honesty takes the lead
Parents should lead by example by providing a safe environment that allows family members to openly express their thoughts and feelings. Honesty and openness and honesty precisely sets the stage for trusting relationships. Lack of trust will eventually create a dent in building a strong relationship. Be open and utterly honest with family members.
6. Be an Active Listener
To understand other’s point of view is of prime importance in having healthy conversations between family members. You must acknowledge and respect the other person’s perspective.
Encouraging talks more often provides for fresh ideas and concepts, which otherwise loses an opportunity. Seeking clarity and getting the message conveyed in the most fruitful manner, leads to healthy discussions.
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