How to Communicate Within Your Family?
- Jennifer Baxt LMHC LMFT
There are many situations or difficulties that can hurt a family unit. It could be that a parent or both parents are suffering from substance abuse problems, a member of the immediate family has passed away, or even poor communication. Families that do not spend much time together and where clear communication is lacking can have difficulty in remaining a strong family unit. Many do not realize it, but one of the first things needed to having a strong and happy family unit is communication. Without proper communication, there can be a lack of trust, an increased chance of misunderstanding and a good chance that the family could eventually fall apart; meaning that each member of the family will go their own separate way.
While good communication alone is not going to ensure that a family has strong bonds, communication does play a large roll in keeping the family a stronger unit that will have more of a chance at staying together. Communication opens the door to there being support in the family, understanding, trust, respect and even happiness. When everyone in the family feels they always have someone to talk to who will listen to them when life gets rough, they can feel more secure in the family they are in. Being able to have others they can trust and rely on can make for a happier family environment where both the children and parents can feel healthy, safe and secure. It is amazing how much the lack of communication can negatively affect the family as a whole. This is probably because without proper communication there can be many misunderstandings and even fights within the family. A lack of communication could also cause large rifts to begin forming between family members and each individual can lose track of what is going on in the rest of the family. The family members can start drifting apart and the family unit can fall apart.
Many families have communication problems and dont even realize it. This is why it is a good idea that a family that wishes to stay together and create a strong family unit, whether they think they have good communication or not, should visit a family therapist. Online therapy is also available. A family that has questions about good communication can easily go online, do a quick search for an online family therapist and then send the therapist any questions they might have. If family counseling is necessary, the family therapist can work with the family online in order to develop good communication skills within the family unit. It is always best for a family to ensure they have good communication skills from the start, because as time goes on it can become more difficult to develop those communications skills after rifts have started to appear. An online therapist can help the family, whether they have children or not, develop these skills so that they can have a stronger family unit from the start. A good strong family helps to create a safe and secure atmosphere for all the members.