Listening is an equally important communication skill as speaking. In a parent–child relationship, listening plays a vital role in helping the two bond well. As a parent, are you a good listener?
By Arun Sharma
In ancient Indian culture, as well as in other civilisations around the world, the ability to listen carefully was considered extremely important and a prized skill. For, information and knowledge were passed on orally from one generation to the next.
But, active listening isn’t all about acquiring information. In fact, it is critical for engaging in meaningful two-way communication, which includes receiving and evaluating information, both said and unsaid, and responding.
D Renukadevi published an article titled, ‘The Role of Listening in Language Acquisition; the Challenges & Strategies in Teaching Listening’, in the International Journal of Education and Information Studies (2014). In her study, she says, “Listening is the most significant part of communication as it is pivotal in providing a substantial and meaningful response. Especially in learning a language for communicative purpose, listening plays a vital role, as it helps the language learner to acquire pronunciation, word stress, vocabulary, and syntax and the comprehension of messages conveyed can be based solely on tone of voice, pitch and accent; and it is only possible when we listen.”
As far as parents are concerned, good listening skills can help them understand or decode what their child is unable to express, either due to the lack of language skills or an unwillingness to open up.
With the advantages of active listening being many, wouldn’t you also want to become a good listener? Read on to know how you can become better at listening.
While there are many factors that can make one label an individual as a bad listener, some of the common ones are:
While we are all born with the ability to listen; however, honing the skill requires a conscious effort. And, now that you know all about the benefits of listening and how to become a good listener, why not set yourself on the path to becoming a better listener.
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