4. Communicating effectively with your relative, problem solving and setting limits

Benefits of improving communication

Using effective communication skills can help you develop and maintain better relationships with your relative. Clear communication can help you handle conflict and de-escalate a crisis situation. Although improved communication may not solve all problems, it can make the relationship and living situation less stressful.

Some benefits of improving communication may include:

    better chances of hearing and understanding your relative
    a greater ability to express feelings, needs and desires
    a sense of integrity as a result of not turning to unhealthy communication methods
    a greater ability to set limits
    a greater ability to be supportive and helpful
    less fighting or nagging
    less hostility in the relationship
    less stress.