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Tips for parents - Good listening
- Try to make a special time to listen to your child everyday.
Set time aside to do something on a one-to-one basis each day with your child. This does not have to be for long, 30 minutes is enough.
- Try to look at your child’s eyes to show that you are listening.
Make listening noises to show that you have heard. Your child needs to know that you are interested in what they have to say. They tend to tell us more when we say less.
- If your child is struggling to express their feelings, give them the right words to use, and name the feeling.
That would scare me, George.”
“I think that would upset me, George.”
- Help your child to work out what to do.
What else could you do to sort it out George?” “How do you think that made them feel George?”
- Don’t dismiss the way your child is feeling.
Your child cannot help their feelings and may not always understand why the feel like that. Don’t dismiss these feelings; try to help them to understand them.
- Don’t brush your child’s problems aside.