Feb 08 by Mark Gregston.

A Listening Exercise

When it comes to speaking less and listening more… sometimes parents need a little practice!

Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.

Here’s a simple exercise you might try at home today. When the family is sitting down to dinner together, ask this question: “What’s most important to you?”

The ground rules are simple: Everyone must answer. And dessert isn’t served until each person gives at least five important things. If you need to motivate the kids… offer a reward for answering thoughtfully. It’s well worth the investment to hear what’s on their heart.

Now, Mom, Dad …here’s the deal. Do not dominate the conversation. When they answer, listen! Don’t correct their response or steer their words. Don’t judge their comments.

I guarantee you’ll hear something brand new. Ask the question. Then …listen.

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