September 13, 2007

Encouraging Children to Listen

The best way to teach children to be good listeners is for parents to model listening. Families spend a lot of time in the car. I suggest you turn off the radio or the CD player and encourage your child to talk to you about where you are going and what might happen when you get there.

When at home turn off the TV and talk with your child about things that interest him or her. Talk about some of the things each of you did that day. Soon these special times of talking and listening will become a pattern. A pattern of healthy communication.

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