As a parent it is very easy to get frustrated because you feel your child is not listening. Sometimes the reason for the child’s none compliance is rather straightforward, they are more interested in what they are watching on television or playing on their games console. Of course other factors can also affect your child’s ability to listen, such as how long they have already had to concentrate for and the environment they are in at that particular time. As a parent there are certain strategies that you can adopt to increase your child’s ability to listen in all circumstances.
First of all, find your local YogaBugs class. YogaBugs sessions are especially designed to develop children’s listening skills. YogaBugs teaches children to concentrate for longer periods of time and actively encourages compliance with spoken instructions. Of course for the children they are simply having loads of fun going on a wild adventure using adapted yoga poses.
There are also lots of strategies you utilise at home to help develop your child’s listening skills.
Always give lots of praise for good listening – Children love positive reinforcement. If they learn they can win your approval simply by listening then you will find them more willing to be compliant.
Make eye contact – Even though you are busy, if it is important that your child listens to you then you need to demonstrate this importance. Try and avoid talking to them across the other side of the room while you are focussed on a a different task. Stop what you are doing and ensure you have made eye contact. This will help them to engage better with what you are saying.
Be specific when giving instructions – Give your child the best possible chance of understanding by being clear with your instructions. Make clear the behaviour you want from your child and the time frame you want it in.
There is no silver bullet to developing your child’s listening skills but if you take this 360 degree approach then over time you will without doubt see huge improvements.