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Learning how to listen to your child

Boost communication at home by learning to listen.

     

    Kids often tune out when parents nag or yell at them. Parents can have more success getting their child to listen by learning how to listen themselves. This video shows parents how to communicate effectively with their children by asking the right questions, listening to the answers, and repeating them to their kids. The video is most appropriate for parents of kids in third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade.

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    Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

    05/14/2012:
    "My child is totally this kid in the video. It's as if I am fussing at her daily about the same things and I keep wondering "why doesn't she just get it?". We as parents have to be patient with our kids and this was a great reminder of that. I will strive harder to listen more and lecture less. Thank you for this!!!!! "
    04/30/2012:
    "thank you for you help "
    04/25/2012:
    "I have a five and eight year old. This clip is fantastic in helping me understand them better! Thank you for sharing this! "
    04/25/2012:
    "very helpful ..... "
    04/23/2012:
    "This was very helpful. i'm always lecturing and never getting the results I need. My daughter just looks at me like I have 3 heads. I have to learn to be patient when I hear her speak. I have to keep my mouth shut, stop correcting her when she uses the wrong words and really work hard that all that. Thanks for this videos. They are much more helpful then just reading words in a book. "
    04/23/2012:
    "Wow! I really like this video. Although my son is in the 7th grade, it is very helpful of how to communicate effectively to your children and to have them listen to you. However, these tactics and strategies, you may know, but not utilizing them at that moment. Thanks Great Schools for these videos - they are very helpful tips! "
    09/12/2011:
    "Great video, this matches exactly what happens almost every day with a 3rd grader :) "
    09/12/2011:
    "I LOVE these little videos that Great Schools has started in their emails. Though my daughter is beyond this age, still very helpful. Great to watch a situation and assess it, even better than reading an article about the situation. Very Very helpful. Thanks a lot. "
    09/12/2011:
    "I really like these short clips! They are right on target with what really happens and to the point with a better way to respond. Thanks, it definitely will be on the parent to find a more effective approach that will work with each family. "
    09/12/2011:
    "Wow!!! Can/t believe how helpful this video was. Often I get so wrapped up in trying to be such a good parent that I forget how it is to be on the other end of the equation. I think by listening more and making my child feel like they have a bigger role in the conversation, it will help us better communicate with each. "
    09/12/2011:
    " Good advice no matter how old the child or person is. Also, I noticed when the mother was speaking to her friend, she mentioned how she "tuned someone out," If the child hears this as mothers behavior, wouldn't the child emulate that at some point and not think of it as "bad?" "
    09/12/2011:
    "another answer, even better than " I could finish it in the car" would have been....I could have started on this project sooner.....that is the real answer...not to finish making a gift or card for a birthday party while driving to the party....to me...this was not a very satisfactory solution to this issue. I do agree with trying to see the scenarios from everyone's point of view...I just think that an opportunity to teach a very valuable lesson was lost....not procrastinating is a very very good life lesson to learn. "
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