Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Below is a list by Napcan Foundation (The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect):
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  • Listen the way you wish to be listened to
  • Stop what you are doing and look at your child
  • Listen to what your child is saying - rather than thinking about how you will respond
  • Let your child finish - without interrupting
  • Listen with all your senses - pick up on the cues you are given
  • Together, work out what needs to happen next
  • If you don't have time to listen, don't pretend. Work out another time to talk

Some recommended listening activities with children are;
  • Go on a special outing together and listen to their thoughts and feelings
  • Wash up together
  • Let your child plan and help prepare a meal
  • Share daily activities, like walking the dog
  • Watch TV shows your child chooses and show interest in them
  • Have meals together at the table
  • Read a book together and chat about your child's thoughts and feelings

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