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Tips on improving your kids listening skills

 
Do you sometimes struggle to get your kids to listen and pay attention to what you’re saying? Do you often feel frustrated or resort to raising your voice? Do you think you’re starting to sound like a broken record? Here are 4 quick ways you can encourage your kids to listen to you and help you restore your sanity!
Here are 4 tips on improving your kids listening skills - ways to encourage them to listen to you and help you restore your sanity and effectiveness as a parent.


Tips on improving your kids listening skills


Do you sometimes struggle to get your kids to listen and pay attention to what you’re saying?

Do you often feel frustrated or resort to raising your voice?

Do you think you’re starting to sound like a broken record?

Check out these useful and find which one(s) work for you and your little one.
 

1. Be a role model


Listen to your kids. Teaching them to listen begins with you. It's different from hearing, which only means you perceive sound.

Listening is a conscious decision to engage and to pay attention to what they are saying.

It goes beyond verbal communication; it also involves using your ears, eyes, mind and heart when they talk to you.
 

2. Slow down


When we're busy, we don't take the time to absorb the world and the people around us.

We are focused on getting from point A to B and checking things off our ‘to do’ lists as quickly as we can.

We are not fully present, but running ahead of ourselves in our minds.

Try to pause, breathe and settle into the moment and teach your children to slow down and do the same.
 

3. Learn to be attuned


Become attuned and aware of what your children are feeling.

Are they feeling overwhelmed about something, tired from a long day, hungry, frustrated or upset?

When you are attuned to your kids you are connected, communicating effectively and listening properly.

You can then respond appropriately and support them fully.
 

4. Be dependable and honest


Do you follow through with what you tell your kids?

Or do you appease them with bribes and rewards in the heat of the moment, saying ‘We'll go to the park tomorrow’ - and then you don't?

Broken promises and white lies add up quickly.

Even the youngest child will begin to question why they should listen to someone who doesn't have integrity and follow through with what they’ve promised.

Keep to your word.
 

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