By listening to your child, you can help them to feel more understood and more able to cope. In contrast, when children feel they aren’t heard by the adults they try to talk to, they can feel left to face things alone. If they can’t talk, their feelings and worries can become bigger and harder to manage, and they may start to deal with things by acting out.

So what can you do to make your child feel heard? And what should you try to avoid? Here are my top tips.

Things to avoid 

While it might sound simple, listening isn’t always easy. Understandably, we want to protect our children, take away their pain and make them feel better. But actually, much of what we do with the best of intentions can leave children feeling misheard, alone with their difficulties, or reluctant to talk about their feelings. Here are some tips for what not to do when you’re trying to listen to your child.

3 comments on “How to really listen to your child

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    1. Hello Luther,

      It’s so nice to know someone is reading our post. Our passion is to support young people and their families struggling to cope with anxiety, pressure from peers, school or within themselves. We would like to hear more from you and you can invite your friends and families to visit our site and to share their personal experiences.
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