Every family has different needs when it comes to communicating and keeping each other up to date with the upcoming events in their lives. Especially for big families, it can be a real challenge to make certain everyone is informed of important news and issues. Below are some tips and techniques that will help make certain the communication needs of your family don’t go unheard.
For Your Partner
Make a point to set aside time to spend together each week
Set aside time for a date night one night out of the month
Be willing to set aside time to discuss critical issues related to your relationship or family
Avoid discussing sensitive issues or conflicts as soon as you come home
Refrain from arguing with your spouse/partner in front of your children, especially arguments related to how to handle your kids
For Your Children
Actively listen to what your children have to say, even if they can’t form complete sentences, because you might have to piece together what’s happening
Avoid interrupting or talking over your children
Listen to everything that’s said, even if you disagree with it and won’t change your mind
Be willing to take time to think about what your children have said; rushing to a judgment might give the impression that you’re not taking what’s been said seriously
Being on the Same Page
Support the decisions of your partner and avoid contradicting those decisions
Make a point to do things together as a family and set aside special family days as needed to bring everyone together
Find activities that can help everyone share experiences and develop closeness
How to Communicate a Positive Message
Avoid saying anything that might alienate a family member or seem accusatory
When you’re angry, try to keep your discussions to a minimum to avoid saying anything you might regret
Be willing to take time outs, walk away, or engage in activities that help cool tempers before you engage in discussions that might become even more heated
Before you blurt out something hurtful, count to 10 to calm yourself and defuse your anger
Use these steps as a starting point to develop positive communication techniques in your home. As your family grows and expands, you might need to try out other methods to keep everyone informed of what’s happening. If you make a point to put these techniques into practice now, you’ll be better prepared for adjusting to new techniques in the future.
Written by Life Advantages - Author Delvina Miremadi © 2018
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