Sunday, November 13, 2011
Book Review--Building Family Communication
Although this book discusses communication between two parents as well, it does not address the issue of the single parent family or the “skipped generation” family (children raised by grandparents) or other "family groups", although much of the advice here could certainly be adapted to those family situations.
This book works best as an overview to explain why families should focus on communication in order to function well. Quick examples of positive and negative verbal and nonverbal messages, how they are sent, and how they affect others work well as a brief beginning towards communication with family members. There is also a brief explanation as to why family members may miscommunicate and how to communicate positive messages better. Lastly, a list of possible activities or events that may allow family members to practice communicating positive messages and several resources as to where families can get more information are both helpful. As a whole, the book is valuable; as Mercier and Brown put it, “Individuals who learn to communicate well at home can apply this precious skill to almost any situation in life.”