Dove's Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children & Youth Safe

Nonviolent Communication in Our Families

By Kathy Neufeld Dunn

Communication—it’s vital, and it’s such a challenge these days! Whether it’s with our children, grandchildren, Sunday school students, or other family members, communication is so important, and it takes practice.

Too often I assume I’m communicating with another person, when what I’m really doing is stating my own point and then, while the other person is talking, preparing my next point in my head. If my conversation partner is doing the same, we aren’t really communicating. Communication takes true listening. We need to become more comfortable with silence and a slower pace.

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Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children"  (Luke 18:16 NLT).