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Resolve to be a Better Listener in 2013 with Triple F

Most people (including kids) are great talkers. Just ask anyone a few questions about themselves and chances are they can ramble on for at least 5 minutes. When it's time to listen however, many people tune-out.

We should all strive to be better listeners in this new year. As one of the stanzas in our Creed states- Kind and caring I will be. I listen to you. You listen to me.

Another one of our Creed lines encourages kids to step into others shoes and see what they are going through. We ask kids to consider how they would feel if they were talking to someone, and that person wasn't really paying attention to what they were saying. It's not a good feeling.

An easy to way to teach kids the skill of being a good listener is to introduce Triple F:

Focus: Look at the person who is talking to you and try to stay still.

Figure it out: Ask questions if you are confused and don't understand, or if you are curious about something they've said.

Follow through: Show that you understand what that person is saying. Depending on the exchange, there are many ways to show the person talking to you that you understand. Some examples are:

  • Doing or not doing whatever they asked you to do or not do.
  • Showing support if they need someone to lean on or help them.
  • Shake their hand if they are making an agreement with you.

You may just triple what you learn when you begin listening with Triple F!

*For more SEL tips and news, tune in to see WINGS CEO Bridget Laird on Channel 4's 'Tuesday's Child' each Tuesday at 10am!

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