PROMOTING EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS IN CHILDREN: THE ROLE OF PARENTS.

AUTHORS: DR. NGOZI E. ANYIKWA & DR. NGOZI OBIDIKE

FROM:  INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE, PUBLIC POLICY IN AFRICA-IJESPPA VOL. 2 NO. 1 2012

Listening and attention skills are vital in building a child’s cognitive, behavioural and affective aspects. It is essential children develop this ability to interact and communicate with the world effectively. By building the foundation and being competent in the auditory and thought awareness facets, children are prepared to face intellectual, social and emotional endeavours. Parents play an essential role in building children’s communication skills not only because children spend more time with their parents than with any other adult, but parents control many of the contacts a child has with society, including society’s contacts with the child. Children also have a deeper involvement with their parents than with any other adult, and the family as a unit has lifelong contact with its members. Therefore, this paper discusses the role of parents in promoting listening skills in children with emphasis on the importance of developing listening skills in children, how parents can encourage listening skills in their children, as well as how parents can teach listening skills to their children. Some of the recommendations made were that parents should model good listening skills to their children by listening patiently to them, and hearing them out by avoiding cutting children off before they have finished speaking.

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