Saturday, May 18, 2013
Do You Hear What They Hear?
It needs to be more than just a front or else they'll know you aren't listening. When your child is speaking, let him take his time. Don't cut him off or be short. It may take him longer to communicate what he has to say. And that's OK. There are other exercises you can partake in with your children that will also improve their listening skills. Read a book with your child and make sure he comprehends what is written. Ask him questions about the passages intermittently. Encourage your child to make eye contact with a person when speaking. If you're speaking to your child, occasionally ask him to repeat what you've said to ensure that he's paying attention. Another idea is to take turns making up stories and quizzing each other about the details. When it comes to listening, a little bit of guidance will go a long way in fine-tuning your children's skills.