- Build strong relationships.
- Show respect by being thoughtful.
- Solve problems by being understanding and reasonable.
Listening lays the base for the vocabulary bank of a child. It is through the pathway of the ears that a child remembers and recalls words from memory to be able to make sense of what needs to be acted upon. Listening as a process requires receiving inputs, attending to the input, understanding the call to act, responding to what needs to be done or not to be done and finally remembering to take the action. It’s a Good Idea to Listen! A greedy communicator “takes inputs” instead of “talks” or adds to a conversation. The main difference between taking and talking is one little ‘l.’ That ‘l’ stands for “listening.” To talk to children, you need to pay attention and listen. When a parent needs updates on the day’s schedule and events from the child, they need to receive the information and also remember to act upon it if requested by the child. Example: When a child casually hints at not wanting to attend school because another child is threatening their freedom, a parent must understand that the child is asking for help. They should ensure that they visit the school and discuss the matter with the teacher. A child may not have expressed this but as adults we must respond to a child’s need for him or her to feel safe. Listening carefully is how you gather information about what’s going on in your child’s head and life. Listening helps you to: