Teaching Kids to Listen - FamilyEducation

Communication Skills

Improve communication with your children by teaching them how to listen, and listening to them in turn.

Blind Man's Bluff P.E. Game

This physical education activity for kids in grades 2-5 sharpens listening and tactile skills. read more

Communicating with Your Child: Door Openers vs Door Slammers

Communicating with Your Child: Door Openers vs Door Slammers One important listening skill to have when communicating with your child is being certain to use "door openers," as opposed to "door slammers." Door openers are open-ended responses that do not convey evaluation or judgment. Door slammers are just the opposite; they convey to your child that you do not wish to have this discussion with her. read more

Daughter Won't Listen

Our expert is concerned that a parent's attempts to correct a "listening" problem appear to be forms of punishment. read more

Following Directions in Kindergarten

It's important to identify listening problems early -- before they can affect learning. read more

How Can Parents Model Good Listening Skills?

How Can Parents Model Good Listening Skills? Listen Better, Learn More In one of the Family Circus cartoon strips, the little girl looks up at her father, who is reading the newspaper, and says: "Daddy, you have to listen to me with your eyes as well as your ears." read more

How to Handle Difficult Conversations

How to Handle Difficult Conversations We've all had the uncomfortable, unsettling experiences of saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time; having to deflect personal questions; or fending off constant interruptions. Some basic principles to avoid making embarrassing gaffes are as follows: read more

Is My Son Ready for First Grade?

If a child didn't listen well in kindergarten, and is easily distracted, is he ready for first grade? read more

It Felt Like...

It Felt Like...Time 10 to 20 minutes Materials Your child's favorite book Directions You can take a favorite story a step further after you read it by asking the child what a particular character felt like at some point in the story.Help to extend vocabulary as your child searches for ways to explain feelings. Extensions read more

Listen, Look for the Message, and Determine Your Child's Needs

Listen, Look for the Message, and Determine Your Child's NeedsElement number 10 of the 12 Disciplinary Elements is to understand misbehavior. Take it from the experts, there's a reason for every misbehavior, and when you figure out the reason, you're more than halfway home to stopping it. Fine. So why is your child misbehaving? read more

Making Conversation

Making Conversation There is nothing small about small talk. Just ask those who dread situations in which they must employ it, mainly because they think of it as uncomfortable, unnecessary, and trivial. Just ask those who know how truly valuable it can be and have learned to use it to their advantage. read more

Shopping Trip Memory Game

Improve your child' memory and concentration skills by playing a game that requires no equipment. read more

Talk It Out

Talk It OutTime 15 to 30 minutes Materials Favorite stuffed animal or doll Directions You can use a favorite stuffed animal to help your child express things that are difficult to talk about. Many children will open up more easily with this simple way to buffer personal feelings. Extensions read more

Telephone Game

Children can improve their listening and memory skills while being social. read more

The Skills Kids Need to Read

The Skills Kids Need to ReadAs a basic foundation for learning to read and write, kids need strong speaking and listening skills. When you and other adults around your kids encourage them to talk, ask, questions, and use dramatic play, it increases their vocabulary, allows them to hear and practice building sentences, and gives them more knowledge to understand spoken and written language. There are three skill areas that form the foundation for reading. Kids who develop strong skills in these areas have greater success learning to read: read more

Tips on Listening to Your Child

Tips on Listening to Your ChildListening—it's not as easy as it sounds. It's often uncomfortable to really hear somebody else's point of view (especially if it's your child and she's right and you happen to be wrong. It could happen, you know!). You might hear something you don't want to hear. It's uncomfortable to be challenged. You might hear something that challenges your belief system, or makes you question your assumptions about life. You might hear something that will make you want to change. read more

Use Your Words

Talking about one's feelings can help solve anger and frustration. read more