Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 4:
The most profound and effective change you can make is to become an active listener. Active listening will improve your relationship with your children as well as everyone you choose to listen empathetically to. It means you not only listen but you respond in a way that shows no judgment, no attempt to solve and no attempt to make the situation into a lesson. When you respond to your child with your opinion, judgment or a lesson you reduce their motivation to tell you things. Open communication is critical. There are other opportunities to parent our children and guide them. Choose those times wisely so your child will learn to respect what you say and truly listen.