Very few adults are good listeners. And yet, listening well is the most powerful thing you can do with a teenager.
When your child expresses herself, and you respond, you want her to think, Mom really understands what I’m saying.
You don’t want your child to think, He just doesn’t get it. What’s the use talking to him?
Your relationship depends on it.
I’ve always considered LISTENING to be the No. 1 parent-child communication skill because of its impact, and because it’s a component of most other communication skills. Parents who have poor listening skills while raising an adolescent are in for a lot of painful moments.
Meredith Bell and I talked about what good active listening sounds like in this recorded conversation…