In a modern world consisting of texting, Twitter, and Pintrest, there is a lot of ambiguity when it comes to communication. When it comes to the family however, clear communication makes for a happy home, and often our poor social media habits reflects the ambiguity of technological “advanced” communications. When you text your friends or put up a funny post on the internet, the true context of the post can be lost without all the various features of real-life interactions. In the same way then, communication between family members can also suffer from lost meaning without a proper awareness of all the features of communicative inflection.
As a working mother of a six-year old and a three-year old, communication between the family members is a necessary part of keeping the household from falling into chaos. Proper understanding of one’s body language can help keep a tense situation calm, and can help others understand why something needs to be done. Explaining to my child that she needs to take a bath before going to bed when she would rather stay up and watch television is better understood as a serious request when I provide a firm presence with my body language. Standing with your arms crossed and with a firm, upright posture is more effective than just about any other threat one might make on the possible child-attempted ditching of bed time.