Importance of Family Communication

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
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Sometimes it may seem easier to look the other way instead of approaching a family member with a problem, however, ignoring issues can cause more harm than good. Sidestepping issues won't make the problems go away, but instead intensify the feelings you will have about future disagreements. Understanding the importance of family communication will help you realize that while sweeping things under the rug may be easier, it's not the wisest thing to do in the long run.

Reasons Why Family Communication Is Important

Reason #1: Reach Understandings

When you are able to communicate with family members, you will be able to share what you believe and learn what others feel is right. While you may not agree, you may begin to understand more about the reasons why they do what they do or say what they say. You could even grow a better appreciation for them.

Reason #2: Solve a Problem

Many issues among family members arise because of miscommunication. Coming together to talk about a particular problem can open the lines of communication so you can find solutions to what is negatively affecting both of you.

Reason #3: End Gossip

Family members love to talk about one another, and sometimes the details of topics become misconstrued. By the time it's been passed down the grapevine, facts are no longer facts. Going to the family member people are gossiping about to ask about the situation is a great way to open communication so that no one gets the wrong impression of the situation.

Reason #4: Encourage Support

A family system helps every one of its members through the good and the bad times. When a family communicates well, everyone understands what loved ones need, making them better able to provide support. Even if nothing can be done about the situation, just providing a listening ear can make all the difference.

Reason #5: Provide Insight on Situations

Family members often disagree about how they should deal with their personal problems. While it may be difficult to hear, sometimes it's good to have a family member share another perspective of a situation. This enables the person dealing with the issue to make an informed decision about what troubled him.

The problem occurs when the different perspective offends the family member, especially when it dramatically goes against what he or she believes. If this happens, it's best to share the perspective and then take a step back. It's your loved one's decision to take what you have said into account.

Reason #6: Form Tighter Bonds

Trusting in family members by communicating with them will foster the love you share and tighten your bonds. Many families grow apart because the individual members each become wrapped up in their individual lives, and they forget to come to home base to talk about the world around them. When problems do come up, if you've established a strong communicative base with your family, you'll feel as though your family is a safe place to seek shelter.

Importance of Family Communication During Disagreements

Communicating with family members on neutral ground is easy. However, during disagreements it may seem impossible to communicate anything to the other person. It's important not to turn the other way though, or you could ruin the relationship you have with that person for many years. Many families go through this and it causes strife for not just the two in conflict, but for other family members as well.

If you often have family issues or you are currently in cahoots with your loved one, learn about conflict resolution in family. Good communication helps both people come to an understanding, which is the basis for all healthy familial relationships.

Importance of Family Communication