Listening Education

Improve the Way You Listen and Talk to Your Children

I have been focusing on material resources for helping parents listen to there children. In my search, I have come across a must read for parents. The book is called How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.The book is an excellent guide for changing the way you communicate with your children. It is especially helpful if you feel like you are not getting the point across to your child, and you find yourself repeating and continuously reprimanding them for not doing what you asked. You will find several exercises for setting up a parenting strategy to change the way things are done.

One of the features at the end of many chapters is the discussion of the limitations of the authors strategy. Faber and Mazlish readily admit that what they are teaching will not work 100% of the time. They offer examples of how their listening and speaking strategy have failed by documenting real live questions and experiences of parents that have followed their advice. Nothing is candy coated in this book, and you can expect  clear and honest guidance. The book is available on line at Amazon in an eBook format for $10.00. Let me know how this works for you by emailing me at

       The Nine Attending Behaviors of Listening

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Eight Barriers to Effective Listening by Michael Webb

As promised, this website will feature other people’s articles and ideas on the art of listening. Effective listening has been, and is, one of the most important skills a person can learn. Effective listening, to me, is the ability to listen in a manner that is relevant to the listening situation. In other words listening comprehensively or therapeutically as the situation dictates and knowing when to listen with a specific purpose. Unfortunately, there certain barriers to listening effectively that we all need to be aware of. Author Michael Webb has addressed these barriers quite eloquently in his article Eight barriers to Effective Listening   I suggest reading this article and thinking about how often these barriers crop up in our everyday lives and communication opportunities. 

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