Every stable and healthy family is strengthened by communication that helps them know each other better and relate in positive ways. Each member, whether parent, child or sibling, has different perceptions of a given situation and different expectations. Lack of communication may lead to misunderstanding and avoidable stress. The goal of communication is not only to convey information but also to share thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Edith Schaeffer in her book What is a Family? describes a family as “unity and diversity, form and freedom, togetherness and individuality.” Today, in our transient society where values are changing constantly and everyone is preoccupied with his own interests, members of the family have no time to spend in conversation, no time to listen or even eat a meal together. The family as a unit is on shaky ground. Most people believe that a lack of communication within the family is responsible for this disintegration.