Communication: Back to the Basics Part 4

I hope that the first 3 parts of this series have been helpful reminders of simple ways to reduce conflict and improve communication in your marriages and families. There is one more golden rule to discuss, and this one is the primary phrase that we heard our parents and teachers say over and over when we were growing up. Rule #4: Treat others the way you want to be treated. When all else fails, and when we can’t remember in the heat of the moment those constructive suggestions that we wanted … [Read more...]

Back to the Basics: Improving Communication in Your Family (Part 3 of 4)

Continuing along the lines of basic rules that we have learned along the way, but may have neglected over time, let’s get right into Rule #3: Ask for help. I have learned that reluctance to ask for help is one of the biggest obstacles people must overcome in order to set up a counseling appointment. So many of us cling to this idea that we should be able to handle everything on our own, and if we can’t, we have failed somehow. We are embarrassed or even ashamed to seek assistance, especially … [Read more...]