Getting by

How would you rate your family relations? Not the greatest, could be better or great? Strong communication is the key to good family relations. We have all heard this but what does it really mean? Communication is how we send and receive messages in ways that create understanding between individuals. It is what we say and how we say it.

A majority of our communication is nonverbal—our body language, facial expressions and the tone. Nonverbal communication gives us information about the sender’s mood or intent of the message, it helps to control the conversation such as when the speaker is done...