News

Relationships and communication

relationships communication

Relationships grow on communication. Like everything else on the farm, they suffer when neglected.

Farms usually combine work and home in one location, this can make for very close relationships.  It can also mean there is little escape from each other when times get tough and conflict occurs.

All relationships require effort, whether it’s personal relationships with family members or relationships with other farm workers. It’s important to talk about any issues as they arise, some conflict is normal, but don’t let things build up until someone explodes.

Communication is important in relationships with partners, children and other family members and friends. It allows us to share interests, aspirations and concerns, to support each other, to organise our lives and make decisions, and to work together in caring for children. Most of us can learn how to communicate more effectively. A relationship counsellor can help if communication is difficult.

Never underestimate the value of having a conversation. However, communication is not always only about talking. Taking some time out of our busy day to listen— uninterrupted—to someone who might be doing it tough can have enormous benefit. Be patient, avoid judgement and recognise that everyone experiences stressful situations differently.

Find out more about this topic on Better Health Channel

References used for this topic page

More information:
Research & reviews:
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Fast facts:

Relationships and communication

  • The nature of farm life, combining home and work in one location can at times put a strain on relationships.
  • All relationships can become strained and tense at times and some conflict is normal.
  • Talk about your feelings and listen to the other person’s point of view.
  • Find a middle ground on issues that are causing friction.
  • Learn to build healthy and happy relationships to prepare for the hard times.

 

Last updated: 15th November, 2016