It’s so important that we listen to the people that we care for, whether they’re our children, our pupils, our partner or our friend.
As a parent of two five year old girls, I’ve found this to be an especially important lesson. Since I making a conscious effort to make myself more available to listen to my girls’ concerns about the little things, I’ve found that they quite naturally seek my support about the big things. We can’t get it right all the time, but being mindful of listening more can make a big difference.
If you’re a fellow parent, you may like a couple of recent blog posts I’ve written to promote talking, listening and problem sharing with children:
6 Moments You can Listen to Your Child Each Day <getting into a listening routine with your child
103 Questions To Help Your Child Open Up About Their Day <especially good if you find you get a one word response when you ask how your child’s day has been
Worry Writing – A poem to encourage children to share what worries them <recognising talking or writing a a valuable way to make problems reduce in size
A New Hand to Hold – a poem about loss and support <to help a child seek support in a new trusted adult following the loss of a loved one