How often does your child tell you that you aren’t listening to them. Have you ever thought why they say that?
Is it because you are not looking at them whilst they are speaking?
Is it because you aren’t validating their feelings or their thoughts?
Are you nodding your head?
Are you distracted by something else that is going on?
Are you saying all those acknowledgement words such as ‘oh yes’, ‘really’?
Do you probe them with questions?
Is it because you jump in with your thoughts about what they are saying before your child has finished talking?
By listening to your child and what they have to say you are showing them respect and a skill that you want them to inherit.
What do you do to show you are listening?