3 Tips for Active Listening (between adults and kids)
1. Get down to the child's level, shoulder-to-shoulder. Sit down and meet them at eye level.
2. Ask yourself - 'How much am I talking here?’ Optimal balance is 50/50. This way we do half the talking and the child does half the talking
3. We need to start to think about talking with the language complexity that matches the child. Talk about trains, bugs, whatever they want!
I would like to recommend the book, ‘How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk’, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. In this book, you'll see cartoon illustrations and chapters that really talk about a lot of what I’ve just talked about. A second book I would recommend, is the book called, ‘Brain Rules for Babies’, by John J. Medina. It's written in a way that's very easy to consume, but it's written by a scientist, someone I recommend and really respect.