Discussion/Response: Family Communication
As we have seen, there are many ways to define family and various means of celebrating family relationships. The center of attention in all aspects of “family” continues to be the building and maintaining of foundations. Communication is of course the bedrock of all our intergenerational discourse.
- After studying Lesson 10.3 carefully, review the following video and make some decisions about the pattern of communication which is exemplified by the father and son. Remember, examining BOTH Conversation Orientation AND Conformity Orientation (in Lesson 10.3) will provide insight into the Family Communication Pattern. You may need to watch the video a couple of times. Finally, base your perspective on personal experience blended with materials in this unit.
- Next, you’ll want to reflect on your own upbringing: How did you and your family experience Conversation Orientation and Conformity Orientation? Describe the Family Communication Pattern in which you were raised. Provide details which support your decision.
- Lastly, if you have raised or are raising children now, what communication pattern would you say best describes your present family experience?
Click on “cc” at the bottom right of the video for assistance with closed captioning.
Allan Jay Tomol. (2014, March 14). “Gift” – A very touching video. About Father and son. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE0eMBmyfnk
After you have completed your response (of at minimum 18 to 25 sentences) upload it here, then review your classmates’ experiences. How many different “stories” are out there?
Finally, provide quality responses to at least 3 of your peers. Enjoy the dialogue. What are you discovering?