Develop Good Listening Skills

You will be much more connected and closer to your child, and he will feel supported and known.

Listening attentively to our children is terribly important. But the truth is, most of us aren’t very good at it.

  • Do you find yourself formulating a response to your child before he even finishes his point?
  • Do you interrupt your child?
  • Does it feel like you enter teaching mode every time you talk to your kids?
  • Does your screen limit and dictate the quality of your discussions?
  • Are you aware of your listening body language? 

The truth is listening is more difficult now more than ever with the level of stimulation we’re subjected to in the 21st century. 

Parenting is a constant to-do list, neglecting to beef up your listening skills may seem tempting. 

Many parents believe that the best way to love their children is to find ways to boost their self-esteem, help them become successful, make the right friends and go to the right schools. 

But really, loving them is simpler than doing these. How do I know? 

Over the years, thousands of children have told me what makes them feel loved by their parents: having those parents listen to them.

Conversations with parents help children gain clues to how Mom feels and thinks about them. 

They read our body language too — children are incredibly perceptive.

Does Mom think I’m smart?

Does Dad like being around me?

Why are you always too busy to hear me?

Am I always doing something? 

They read our body language too — children are incredibly perceptive.

When we listen to them, we show them that we care about their ideas, feelings and view them as important people.

When parents don’t listen to kids while they are speaking, kids feel worse about themselves.

In fact, almost every troubled teen I have seen over the years has said, “No one really cares enough to listen to me.” In their minds, this translates into: no one really loves me.

There is no doubt that good listening is a skill that must be acquired and practiced. 

The good news is, it gets easier the more you do it.

This toolkit will give you improve your communication as a parent and human being but most importantly give your child a real sense of self and confidence.  

  • Recognize Blocks — Apply key body language strategies to improve your listening and facilitate richer connections with your child.
  • Evaluate — Recognize your poor listening habits and their impact on the effectiveness of your communication.
  • Retrain- Learn tricks and strategies to improve your listening on a daily basis. 
  • Gain Behavioral Insight — Understand WHY listening to your children protects them and validates their self-beliefs.

Learn how to listen in a way that will facilitate a deeper connection with your child, and build their self-esteem in the process.


  • Develop Good Listening skills eBook
  • Better Listening Exercises

Course Contents:

  • 5 Lessons
  • 5 Video Trainings
  • 5 Audio Trainings
  • 1 Downloadable eBook
  • 2 Downloadable Worksheets

"I believe the difference between feeling scared or lost, and creating confidence in your parenting goals can come down to having a plan and getting the right tools for the job. My goal is to give you everything you need to have healthier and more meaningful dialogues with your children.” - Dr. Meg

Dear Parent,

As a pediatrician of 30 years, I have watched thousands of kids grow up in all types of situations, and through it, I have learned the parents with the strongest relationships with their children, helped them feel heard.

The most frequent questions I receive from parents are these:

• How do I boost my child’s self-esteem?

• How can I keep my teens away from all the bad stuff?

• How do I get my child to do what I tell him to do?

• How can I have a closer relationship with my son or daughter?

I have said before and I will repeat again, the following statement because it is so important. Great parenting is very simple. But it’s hard.

So here is a simple answer to each of the questions above: listen to your children.

Whether your child is two, twelve or twenty- two, when you listen to her, she changes.

Here’s why.

LISTENING = LOVE, AND VALUE

I created the Develop Good Listening toolkit to help parents retrain and reset their listening so they can enjoy their children more.

In order for your child to have a healthy and stable sense of self, they must be listened to and feel heard by the most important person in their life: you.

Your friend,

-- Meg Meeker, MD

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