Kids often complain that parents don’t listen to them and pay attention, while parents say that the kids become difficult and do not open themselves.
Do you want to know why this happens? It’s because the parents lack at active listening.
What Is Active Listening?
Active listening is when you are completely conscious of what is being said rather than passively hearing what the speaker is attempting to state. The aim of active listening is to gather information, listen to comprehend people and circumstances, and then respond to it. It is a deliberate attempt to listen attentively and hear what others are saying without being judgmental.
Why Is Active Listening Important?
Active listening is one of the most effective ways to communicate. It will help you develop and strengthen your bond with your kids. When children approach their daily lives, they experience many moments of exhilaration and frustration. Listening to your kid with complete attention makes them feel you prioritize them and are interested in what they have to say.
This way, they have a source to rely on instead of getting stressed and going to sources that could be harmful to them.
Tips for Active Listening with Children
- Children can sense when you’re attentive; respond genuinely to show you’re listening.
- Put away distractions, like phones, and focus solely on your child.
- Be patient; children often take longer to express themselves.
- Expect and accept additional details; kids often elaborate.
- Refrain from interrupting; if you need to guide, ask questions after they finish.
- Engage in a dialogue; questions show you care and are attentive.
- Observe nonverbal cues, like tone, gestures, and posture.
- Maintain eye contact to reinforce your attentiveness.
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