How to Make Your Child an Active Listener | UCMAS Canada
Paramount reason why most of the children fail to perform well in academics and communicate effectively is the lack of active listening skills. Active listening means giving complete attention to the speaker to understand the message and prevent the breakdown of communication.
Children who are active listeners perform better in academics. They are self-reliant. They also show commitment to the process which is an essential characteristic of being a leader.
Streamline the process of being an active listener for your child:
1. Be the change
Children are keen observers. They observe the attributes of their parents and mold their behavior and habits accordingly. Parents themselves need to work on their listening skills. One of the best ways to do the same is avoiding interrupting a child when he or she is talking.
Parents should give positive indicators or non-verbal response such as smiling, nodding, etc. to show concern during the communication process.
2. Choose a topic of interest
Each child has a subject that he or she loves to talk about. Isn’t it? Engage your child in conversation about topics that can be of great interest. Your child will love to share details while receiving interesting information from you.
You can simply ask your child about his or her day and pose questions during the process to show that you are listening to your child actively; the process will not only improve concentration skills of your child but will also pave the way for further discussions that contribute to the process of active listening skills development.
Another interesting way is to have an engaging reading session that unveils an issue of significant concern. Various concerns or matters such as imaginative story, environmental problem, scientific achievements, academic progress, etc. can be discussed in a peaceful manner that invites inputs from a child.