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For Parents: Why Listening Is Better Than Lecturing

By Mormon.org
Parents listening to sons while talking

Good Parenting Starts With Listening

It’s true—as a parent you are older and wiser and have a responsibility to teach your children about the important things in life. But teaching doesn’t have to mean lecturing. While a really great lecture can, at times, hit the mark, more often an open conversation, with lots of questions and lots of listening, leads to true teaching moments between parents and children. Not sure if it works? Pull up a chair, grab a snack, and watch as these classic television commercials share some valuable insights about communicating effectively with your children, all in about a minute or less.

Talk to Your Kids

Talk to your children and let them talk to you. You might be surprised at how much they will learn through your conversations. Whether it’s over a plate of cookies or over the phone, let them know you’re willing to talk it out.

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Listen to Your Kids

Let your children do most of the talking. They have a lot on their minds as they grow and learn and develop. As you listen, you will learn a lot about where they are emotionally, socially, and spiritually. And sometimes they just need to know you hear them.

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Be There for Your Kids

Do you know what’s going on in your children’s lives? That is best achieved through listening. Pay attention to the details. When you listen, you might hear the words, but they will hear your love.

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Ask Your Kids the Hard Questions

Be willing to ask the hard questions and then listen to the answers. You will have a better understanding of your kids’ struggles, challenges, and weaknesses as you listen to what they have to say.

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If you would like to learn more about communicating effectively with your children with the help of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we invite you to meet with the missionaries.