Sunday, November 13, 2011
Book Review--Building Family Communication
The main focus of the book is on positive and negative verbal and nonverbal messages and how they can affect all the members of a family, either strengthening or destroying family relationships and unity.
Although this book does address communication between two parents, it does not address the issue of the single parent family or the “skipped generation” family (children raised by grandparents) or several other "family groups", although much of the advice here could certainly be adapted to those family situations as well.
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 building communication with family members. There is also an 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.”
(This book review may also be found in "Family Resource Reviews".)