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You can make a difference to your child by listeningI believe that all of these issues are just symptoms and there is a cause. And the way we find the cause is by listening. Not just listening to our children’s words. But listening to what they are really saying with all of our senses. Using our eyes, ears, smell, taste, touch and feeling. When we do this magic happens and things start to change.
Here are 4 ideas you can using todayWhen we listen we understand children on a much deep level. Use these four simple ideas as a start:
- Put down your phone, iPod, computer and television – Create some screen free time in your day to connect with the child in your life. Spend some time BEING together and use your senses as the way to do this.
- Practice relaxation techniques – is it time to stop; slow down, breathe and relax? When you do this you have space to connect with your senses and listen to your child.
- Focus on once sense at a time– pick one of your senses and start to ‘listen’ to it. For example, if the sense you are focusing on is taste let all your other senses fade away for a minute. Now taste what you are eating. Imagine what it would be like if you were a child again and were tasting this food for the first time. Sense into the taste.
- Listen with an open heart– let go of judgements and pre conceived ideas. Now listen to what your child is really saying, what are they wanting and needing? Move past the literal words. Listen deeply with your heart. You may be surprised in what you hear.