Sunday, June 27, 2010

Positive Discipline Tool Card - Closet Listening

Encourage your kids to talk to you by  making a habit of hanging out with them without forcing conversation.

1) During the week take time to  sit quietly near your kids.
2) If they ask what you want, say “I just wanted to sit and be close to you for a few minutes.”
3) When they talk just listen without judging, defending, or explaining.

Make a point to try Closet Listening this week. I do it all the time and it really does work. With my daughter I don't even really have to make an effort, because she is ALWAYS talking. I find it very entertaining to just sit and listening to all of her random thoughts. With my son I have to make a conscious effort to "listen without judging, defending, or explaining". He usually opens up quite a bit during our weekly special time.

1 comment:

sassy said...

love it! I have 2 older bros who used to hang gobs of drool over my face while holding me down and I turned out pretty normal. Siblings are always good to have.