Tip for parents: Active Listening for Strong Connections
Active listening is a powerful tool that strengthens the bond between parents and children.
Here’s a simple way to practice active listening:
Be present: Give your child your undivided attention. Put away distractions and focus solely on them during the conversation.
Maintain eye contact: Show your child that you’re fully attentive by looking into their eyes.
Show empathy: Try to understand their emotions and experiences without judgment. Validate their feelings and let them know you’re there to support them.
Use verbal and non-verbal cues: Nodding, smiling, and providing verbal affirmations like “I understand” or “Tell me more” encourage your child to express themselves freely.