It can be a shock to some parents when their angelic children turn into tempestuous teenagers. As a family counsellor I regularly work with families to improve communication and reducing conflict. While there are some techniques that require a lot of training to implement, many of my tools can be used by anyone to improve their family communication. I encourage people to use some of these tools before they have problems, to strengthen the ability of their family to weather external shocks and internal conflicts. This site has some of my favourite tools that you can try on your own family to improve communication.