I can’t count the number of times on a daily basis kids are asked
“Did you hear me?”
“Are you listening?”
“Why didn’t you just listen the first time?”
Many of us find ourselves speaking this way to our young folks all the time, likely because they’ve adopted an ‘in one ear, out the other’ philosophy due to the sheer volume of information they receive daily.
Helping our kids develop ACTIVE listening skills is key. It is a vital part of learning, helping to build the foundation of effective communication with others. It is an essential ingredient for developing crucial skills like:
The 4 types of listening to engage yourself in are:
▫️Appreciative – for enjoyment.
▫️Empathetic – for a better understanding of others.
▫️Comprehensive – for learning new concepts, requiring the deepest levels of concentration.
▫️Critical – for analysis and evaluation, so you can make informed decisions.
Tips on how we can be better ACTIVE LISTENERS:
?Attentiveness – eye contact and attention on the speaker’s body language
?Engagement – nod, smile, have an open posture
?Feedback – ask questions
?Don’t judge with interruptions or counter arguments
?Respond respectfully and honestly
Nurturing active listeners may begin in classrooms or at home, but once our kids learn these skills, it will help improve their experiences and relationships for the rest of their lives.