Just because you are talking, it doesn't mean that the children in your care are listening. The words that are coming from you may be going to them, but if they are not tuned in to what you are saying, it may be a lost cause. Children will often tune out what an adult is saying because of several factors.
Perhaps the tone of the adult’s voice is too harsh, or the facial expressions are off-putting. Keeping the previously mentioned components of communication in mind are very important because they can assist in making sure that you are heard when communicating with children.
Agree to disagree. Make sure to be careful not to put down the child’s opinions, but instead make it clear that it’s okay if you both don’t agree.
Avoid arguing. It doesn’t matter who is “right or wrong.” Instead tell the child that you know he/she may not agree, but this is what you think is best.
Put your feelings aside. It’s best to focus on the child’s feelings as opposed to your own during a conversation.
Keep your emotions under control. Children will stop listening if you get angry, upset, or frustrated. Try to curb your strong reactions as much as possible.
Ask questions without blaming. Try saying things like: How did it happen? Can you tell me more? How can I help with that?
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