What is the secret to a great marriage or a happy home? These are the questions that I am often asked as I work with families. People want an easy answer. I believe it only takes five questions to transform your home.
When you ask these families in what areas they most struggle, you usually hear fairly predictable responses. The most common response you initially probably doesn’t surprise you. “We have a communication problem” is by far the culprit of home dysfunction. But, when you did deeper you begin to see that this “communication problem” is really about more pronounced cracks in the relational foundation of the home.
Sometimes you can see that financial pressures are placing enormous strain on the family.
In other homes, you discern how busy schedules and lack of quality time together is creating emotional distance.
Still other homes are stymied by a self-centeredness that makes intimacy feel disingenuous or maybe even unattainable.
Of course, many homes are battered by more than one of these pressures at the same time—often resulting in the communication failures between spouses, dating couples, parent-child interaction, and other important relationships.
So, what is the secret to overcoming these communication challenges and positively transforming the atmosphere in your home?
It can be summed up in a single phrase—“Listen More”.