There is a common struggle within human relationships that centers around understanding. We all seek to be understood but sometimes we are not as swift to understand others. There are a lot of factors that go into this reality but the generally accepted solution is better communication.
Now it does not matter what human relationship we are actually speaking of communication is going to remain a key. This is true on the job, in a corporate setting, on ball field, in a classroom, or at home with your spouse and kids. This means our strengths and weaknesses in the area of communication can have a profound impact on our lives.
The New testament writer Jame, touches on an important reality, or even more important a great starting point, to build stronger and better communication. We need to learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19).
We need to add a caveat here, we need to be swift to hear not the words in order to react, but the meaning of the person we are in fact trying to hear. To often we don't seek to understand others, we are quick to simply respond out of our own understanding. In this scenario communication is not achieved because the person we were supposed to be listening to was not able to successful confer their meaning to us. Hence, we need to learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak.
I did a devotional on these thoughts some time ago, give it a view.