Transforming Family Dialogue

Welcome to the Next Step in Your Family’s Communication Journey!

Now that you have read From Words to Resilience: Transforming Family Dialogues, you’re equipped with valuable insights into how communication within your family can significantly shape and bolster resilience in your children. It’s one thing to understand these concepts, but the true transformation begins when you put this knowledge into practice.

On this page, we will guide you through the first tangible steps you can take to enhance the way you communicate with your family in a way that nurtures resilience and encourages emotional growth.

Embrace this opportunity to transform your family dialogue towards a more communicative and resilient family.

Step 1: Assess Current Communication Style 

Reflect on your current family communication style. Are you more directive or open? How do you handle conflicts? Use the following quiz to help you figure it out.

Resilient Communication

Family Communication Style Quiz

This quick and insightful quiz is designed to help you uncover your family’s unique communication style. By understanding how you interact with your loved ones, you’ll be better equipped to foster a nurturing and resilient environment at home. Let’s get started and discover more about your family’s communication dynamics!

Answer each question honestly to discover your predominant communication style within your family. For each statement, choose the option that most closely represents your usual approach. Take note of how many A, B, and C’s you answer.

1 / 8

When it comes to decision-making in the family, I:

2 / 8

In terms of expressing emotions within the family, I:

3 / 8

When my child accomplishes something:

4 / 8

My approach to discipline is:

5 / 8

If my child is struggling with emotional issues, I:

6 / 8

When discussing day-to-day matters, I:

7 / 8

During family conflicts, I usually:

8 / 8

When my child comes to me with a problem, I typically:

Step 2: Set Goals for Improvement 

Identify areas of improvement in your communication style. Set specific goals, like practicing more active listening or being more emotionally expressive.

By setting and working towards your goals, you can significantly improve their communication style, contributing to a nurturing and resilient family environment.

Here are a few examples of goals get you started, regardless of your main communication style.

Emotional Intelligence. Work on recognizing and managing your emotions and teaching your children to do the same.

Conflict Resolution Skills. Develop and practice healthy ways to resolve conflicts within the family.

Regular Check Ins. Establish a routine for regular family check ins to discuss any issues, accomplishments, and feelings.

Continuous Learning.  Commit to continually learning and adapting your communication style to meet the evolving needs of your family.

You may also want to refer back to the Transforming Dialogue article for additional ideas or click the links below to see additional ideas for goals designed for specific communication styles.

Directive Communication
Directive Communication Style
Collaborative Communication Style
Collaborative Communication Style
Laissez-Faire Communication Style
LaissezFaire Communication Style

Understanding your communication style can help you identify areas of strength and those needing improvement. Each style has its benefits and challenges, and a balance is often key in fostering resilience in children. Consider  integrating aspects of other styles to enrich your family communication dynamics.

Step 3: Make a Plan and Create a Supportive Environment

Next is to make a plan and start incorporating new communication strategies into your daily interactions. This could include setting aside time for family discussions, practicing active listening, or expressing emotions more openly.

Encourage all family members to express their thoughts and feelings. Emphasize that all emotions are valid and important.

Step 4: Regularly Review and Adjust 

Regularly review the changes you’ve made. Adjust your approach as needed based on what is working and what isn’t.

Step 5: Seek Feedback and Collaborate 

Ask for feedback from your family members on the changes and work collaboratively to further improve family communication.

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