This session of The Parenting Course was about listening to our children which is something I am not always good at. I was challenged to pay full attention when my children talk to me and stop cooking or blogging(!), turn and look at them and listen properly. If I really can’t stop my task then I need to say that I am busy but in 10 minutes I will stop and listen. And then remember to do so. The other important thing I learnt was about reflecting back and repeating back to your child what he has said to you. This will ensure that you are really hearing what they are saying and helps them give their feelings a name. It is so easy to jump in with advice or reassurance while it is far better to empathise with them – advice would be appropriate at a later stage.
If you want to know more about The Parenting Course, click on this link to read my initial post about the course. Here is a link to the Holy Trinity Brompton website which has a video about the course www.relationshipcentral.org.