Active Listening – A good tool for parents

Active Listening

Most parents are familiar with the concept and technique known as active listening. The problem arises when the technique gets overused or dismissed in frustration.

I am not an expert in child psychology or communication but when communicating with the adolescent world, AL becomes an an important skill that will help any parent communicate more effectively with their teen.

When you listen actively, you are sending your child the message that they are important enough to have your undivided attention. Many problems can be solved and even prevented when parents and leaders take the time to use active listening. This allows you to play the role of a guide in helping teens hear their feelings expressed and guide them into solving them. It is a practical solutions that when combined withy prayer, creates a very powerful skill.

Try these for simple steps to strengthen this skill.

• 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.

• Use reframing or retelling techniques.