Active listening improves communication in the parent child relationship

Active Listening – a communication skill that can bring greater connection, cooperation, clarity and understanding to relationships

Parents are often baffled to see their child being defiant, uncooperative or becoming verbally or physically aggressive rather than talk about their feelings.   They can’t understand why their child will shut down and refuse to speak or interact when they’re clearly troubled.  Parents know how much they love their child and hope or expect that their child can trust that they can turn to their parent for comfort. 

Yet, many of the responses from parents to children when a child needs to feel heard, including very well meaning advice, inadvertently gives children the message that their feelings are not valued, cared for or understood.

Active listening is a skill that anyone can learn …

Children listen to us more or less as well as they feel listened to….

What helps you feel seen, heard and understood? …

Love is not enough, we need communication skills. …

What is Active Listening?  What does it look like in a conversation?..

by Genevieve Simperingham