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 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 or breaks down.
Never underestimate the value of having a conversation. However, communication is not always only about talking—listening is just as important. 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
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Last updated: 6th Februrary, 2018