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Some of us have been able to find strength in how close their unit has become, and just as many have found this closesness to be a source of stress.

Regardless of our individual circumstances, it’s clear how crucial good communication is to maintaining a peaceful, sane household. Trying to coexist with someone who can’t or won’t communicate their feelings and needs – whether it’s a child, a partner, or even a co-worker – is like banging your head against a wall. We only have so much control over how the people in our lives communicate with us, but it’s important to remember that, as parents, we have a responsibility to teach our children how to communicate clearly. Without that guidance, they will find it more difficult to recognize and regulate their own emotions, hindering their ability to establish and maintain relationships.

Examine what you do as a parent to teach open, clear communication to your children. Take a moment to yourself and run through the following scenarios:

Through better communication, we can all help build better homes and families. For more information and resources, check out our website!