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listen1Schools teach kids how to read and write, but one very important skill is overlooked.  Teaching kids how to listen.  New research reports that as parents we can have a big impact on teaching our kids to be active listeners.

Various studies stress the importance of listening as a communication skill. It is generally accepted that we spend 70 to 80 percent of our waking hours in some form of communication. Of that time, we spend about 9 percent writing, 16 percent reading, 30 percent speaking, and 45 percent listening. Studies also confirm that most of us are poor and inefficient listeners.

Did you know?

  • Hearing is not the same as listening.
  • Top CEOs spend 80% percent of their time listening.
  • We listen to people at a rate of 125-250 words per minute, but think at 1,000-3,000 words per minute, which means we often pseudolisten (we are listening but our…

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