When children are listened to, they feel significant and happy because “oh… so you are interested in what I am saying,” which makes them feel valued. Children’s self-esteem, independence, confidence, and even attention span are all increased by listening to them. When you spend time and listen to children, you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. When I see a youngster strolling with their mother, for instance, the child will occasionally inquire, “Mom, are we going to the park?” When the mother frequently ignores and avoids the child. The youngster is made to feel unworthy, upset, and unimportant by the parent.
Parents, in my opinion, should prioritize listening to their kids above all else. The kid would feel safe and be able to express any worries they have or even ask for help. Children with unique needs, such as hearing impairments or poor communication skills brought on by a learning disability, may also face obstacles. Due to language or speech difficulties, listening difficulties, ADHD, or other issues, some kids may find it difficult to successfully communicate with others.
It requires dedication on the part of early childhood educators, teachers, and practitioners to listen to children because you are giving them your time and an open ear to hear what they have to say. Additionally, you are prioritizing that child’s needs by listening to them. enabling the child to practice excellent conversational skills with adults. The child develops their social skills and intellectual growth by doing this (processing information i.e. use of vocabulary).
In order for young children to grasp and process what is being said, teachers who work with them should always communicate clearly and in age-appropriate terms. During talks with classmates, the youngster gains social skills. If we don’t pay attention to youngsters, it could have very negative consequences. For instance, children who are experiencing abuse have no idea who to talk to, what to say, or why since they don’t believe the other person will consider what they have to say to be meaningful. Instead, until things worsen and catastrophe strikes, the child keeps everything inside.
“Too frequently, adults who should be looking out for the interests of children in precarious situations don’t hear them.”
Rose .A. Milani,
Parent Coach and Registered Mental Health Counsellor
Based in Melbourne, Australia