Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Make Your Child Become a Good Listener

Do you consider your child a good listener or he/she will never pay attention to what you are saying? Being a good listener is critical to your child’s success at school. Children who are good listeners have the advantage of being a very good friend to others. So it is important to start building your child to be a good listener. Below are some of the tips and ways to help your child become a good listener. I did it to my children and it help me to discipline them too.
1. Be a Good Listener Yourself. Don’t interrupt your child when he/she is telling you a story. Pay attention to what he/she is talking about. If you want him to listen to you then he needs to see that you are listening to him too.
2. Give Clear, Simple Directions for Everyday Tasks. Make sure that when you give instructions to your child say it in a very simple way that is easy to understand. Do not forget to say the magic word “Please” and “Thank you”.
3. Praise Good Listening. Make a special point of praising him when he follows directions. This will reinforce his desire to listen more.
4. Say what You Mean. When you say “yes or no” to your child, you should stick to your word no matter what.
5. Be Consistent About Consequences. If you enforce consequences do it without giving him a second chance. Your child will be more inclined to do what is asked if his actions have clear enforceable actions.
6. Read Aloud Together. Spend time with your child reading this will help him prepare for story time at school. But do not force him to listen to books he’s not interested in.


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