When you listen actively, you send your child the message that they are important enough to have your undivided attention. Problems can be solved and perhaps even be prevented if you take the time to use active listening.
How to actively listen:
· Stop what you are doing.
· Look at your child.
· Give your full attention.
· Listen to what is said.
· Comment on what you think you heard.
Active listening focuses on what your child is saying. It does not mean you agree with, but rather understand, what they are saying. It will validate what your child is feeling and will strengthen your parent-child relationship.