Nannies and Au Pairs Can Teach Kids to Listen

How to Teach Listening Skills

Many kids seem to talk nonstop. Listening, however, tends to be more of a challenge for kids, many of whom are “selective listeners,” according to website Baby Center. Because good listening skills are an important life skill and a key aspect of effective communication, it’s best to foster good listening skills in children as early as possible.

Eye Contact
Make eye contact with the person who is speaking to fully absorb what is being said. This is an effective listening tool, according to KidsGoals.com. Ask your child to practice making eye contact with you while you are speaking at first, and then with others when he feels more comfortable.

No “Barking”
Constantly saying things like, “Why don’t you listen?” or “Listen to me when I talk to you,” can put negative pressure on your kids and derail your intentions, according to the Exforsys Inc. website. Be patient, and get your child’s attention first, then state your wishes.

Rhymimg Games
Play rhyming games. Baby Center says playing rhyming games motivates your child to listen for patterns in sentences and to become highly attuned to the sounds of words and their content. Your rhymes can be absurd and humorous, and you and your child can take turns adding on to the rhyme.

Lead by Example
The best way to teach a child effective listening skills is to be an excellent listener yourself. Exhibit all of the qualities of a good listener in your dealings with her and others. You’ll find that the need for you to actually teach listening skills will diminish. Keep Kids Healthy emphasizes that if you don’t listen to what your child is saying, you’re setting a flawed example. Listen closely to what your child is saying without interrupting and provide opinion or feedback on what he has said. By respecting what he is saying, you’re teaching him to respect others while they talk.

Tomorrow: Games and Activities to Play with Kid to Help Them Listen

Comments

  1. It really helps when you work for parents that back you up and let you run the show while you are working. The results are amazing when the parents/nanny work together as a team 🙂

  2. As a mother I am thrilled you are posting this topic. You must be one in a million though. None of my nannies either haven't had the ability or didn't care enough to do such concepts. My caregivers just don't understand my ADHD son. They really get upset and scole him instead of trying to help him and to accept him as who he is. Thanks for the series, hope caregivers read this.

  3. As a mother I am thrilled you are posting this topic. You must be one in a million though. None of my nannies either haven't had the ability or didn't care enough to do such concepts. My caregivers just don't understand my ADHD son. They really get upset and scole him instead of trying to help him and to accept him as who he is. Thanks for the series, hope caregivers read this.

  4. Hello,Try to develop self esteem within your kids so that they can think and fix own aim. According to that they try to develop their future by studying properly and character. Thanks a lot.

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