...inspire their best! e-news #60: A Listening Heart

Mary Stuart, Director

The greatest gift we can give to a child is a listening heart!

I have the tremendous privilege of coming into childcare centres as a consultant or mentor-coach and the first thing that strikes me is how much the children want to talk, engage and share their discoveries. I love listening and getting caught up in their world of discovery!

The art of listening is a life skill and one that takes time, concentration and intention.
And, there is so much we can learn when we just listen!

Our busy world of the “to do’s”, meeting deadlines, running errands, and life in general often leaves us little time to just listen to the voice of childhood, the voice of discovery, the voice of joy, the voice of curiosity, or the voice of need… We all want to be seen, heard, felt and listened to…what a great gift we can give each other!

Most people can hear…few people can listen!

As the daily routine of “rush” swirls around us, maybe can reflect on this simple strategy: Can I quiet my mind and my voice long enough to really listen to someone else especially our children?

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters….

Listen with Intent

  • Smile: Let a child know that you see them; you are interested in what they are doing, and that you want to spend some time together!
  • Think about how you look when listening
  • Keep an open mind to what they have to offer you
  • Quiet your own agenda to teach, tell, explain…
  • Convey the message, “I hear you.”

Most people do not listen to understand they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R Covey

The quieter you become the more you can hear…

Here’s to happy days listening with your heart!


Mary Stuart, Director
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