LISTENING IN FAMILIES


No one ever said in divorce court, "She always listened to me," or "He tried to understand." Children who act out and endanger themselves don’t say, "Everyone was listening."

The importance of listening and being listened to by loved ones is paramount in our lives. Listening builds trust, confidence and security. Children learn to listen not by being told to sit still and listen, but by seeing strong models of listening behaviors, including being listened to, themselves.
For more on the power of listening,
click here.

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LISTENING TO CHILDREN


When a group of children was asked to finish the phrase, “Something I wish I could teach parents is…”, many wished they could teach parents to listen. Their urgings are honest, insightful, and important.
Click here to see what these kids had to say.

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FREE RESOURCE: LISTENING SKILL ASSESSMENTS


The listening skills assessments from the book, Rule #1: Stop Talking! are available as a free PDF download from the "Free Downloads" page. This assessment set includes both a Self Assessment and Questions of Perception Assessment (which allows you to ask others questions about how they perceive your listening skills). The questions in both assessments are closely aligned for easy comparison. Click here to visit the download page.

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A FEW RELATED SELECTIONS FROM THE "IN LISTENING NEWS" PAGE...

The "In Listening News" page features stories related to listening in all contexts (with archives back to 2010). The selections on this page are not regularly updated. For updated news posts, visit the "In Listening News" page!




& FIND GREAT BOOKS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IN THE LISTENERS UNITE BOOKSHOP!

Find some great picture books for kids in this post by our friend, Little Bear: Listening-Themed Picture Books for Kids and scroll through The Beauty of Picture Books Website & Blog at www.TheBeautyofPictureBooks.com to find more picture book recommendations and hear from a variety of voices about the enduring beauty and value of picture books.
For more listening-themed picture books listening as well as listening-focused books for parents and families,
click here for the special section for Kids and Families at the Listeners Unite Bookshop.

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