How to teach children to listen to others

How to teach children to listen to others

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Communicating is knowing how to listen. Something that seems so simple and instead becomes so complicated. And this applies to both children and adults. But if we get that our son learn to listen from a young age, it will be much easier for you to develop this skill when you grow up. We give you some guidelines that can help your child learn to listen to others.

Listening to others requires two things: time and interest. And children are by nature impatient. They are easily distracted. It's not that they don't want to listen to others. It is that if they lose interest, they will stop listening. Keep in mind that very young children do not handle all the vocabulary with which we adults speak. If they don't understand what they hear, they will stop listening.

We have to capture their interest and learn to communicate with them with short and direct sentences. Children under 3 years old do not hold attention for long. Hence, the stories that are addressed to them are short and with many pictures.

1. Use gestures to grasp your attention. They may not understand a word, but if you accompany it with some movement or facial expression, they will continue to listen.

2. Don't let your child interrupt you in the middle of an important conversation. If you are talking on the phone and he insistently complains to you, explain that he cannot talk to you now, that he has to wait for you to finish talking. You will know that communication involves knowing how to wait and respect a turn.

3. Avoid distractions. If you talk to your child while reading a story, or with the television on, or when he is playing, he will most likely ignore you. If you want them to listen to you, make sure they heard what you say. Add at the end a 'do you understand me?'. Or, 'let's see, what did I tell you'. A) Yes you make sure your child has paid attention.

4. Look at the eyes when you talk to him. Make me look at you. They will know that you are telling them something important and they will continue to listen.

5. Play games that enhance listening learning. For example, the classic 'Broken phone', where you have to listen to a question and answer it to the next person in the ear and then together compose a crazy phrase. You also have toys with sounds that the child must locate. For that, it requires you to be focused and listen.

As your child grows older, he will endure explanations longer. It is a matter of patience. Little by little you will understand that hear it is an important part of communication.

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