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Giving Advice to Family Members

Few people are born with the ability to give advice or constructive criticism. Most people forget that the point of giving advice is to help others to operate more effectively--not to tell the person what he or she is doing wrong.

Deciding to give advice, particularly to a close family member, can jeopardize even the healthiest relationship. I once gave unasked for advice and paid severe consequences. I found that the consequences can be worse if you are right. I learned that no one appreciates being proven wrong. I have learned to listen and make sympathetic noises instead of rushing in and offering well-intentioned advice.

If you are considering offering advice to a family member (or close friend) consider the following:
And finally, show some humility when you dispense advice. Make it clear that you are willing to ask for and receive advice yourself.

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