The Before and The After
Before you had children, effective family communication was all about "you two." You were a married unit. You were able to resolve issues and discuss options and opportunities through quiet conversation. But after baby enters your world, it's becomes all about "us." And communication takes on a significance previously unimagined. You quickly discover that effective communication within the confines of your new, young family is not enough; communication outside of your family—with its added texture and dimension—is required as well. The opinions and unsolicited advice of siblings, in-laws, pediatricians, school administrators, children's friends, and caretakers will enter your communication equation whether you like it or not.