In a new article from the Washington Post, author Monica Leftwich shares her personal insights into how she helped her daughter, who was struggling to pay attention in school, learn how to focus, by doing one simple thing: listening.
As a mother of a seven year old, Monica started to notice some tell tale signs of distraction. Her daughter, an elementary student, was increasingly disaffected by her experience at school.
Not paying attention to her teacher, she was socializing too much with her friends, and ultimately disrupting the flow of the class. Things boiled over when her daughter lashed out on a school assignment, writing an essay about how much she despised school.
That was it.
Frustrated, Monica tried to discipline her, literally trying everything: “Light punishments and more harsh punishments, including spankings, taking away screen time, restriction and timeouts. Nothing registered. I got angry because I believed she was deliberately disobeying me. Once, when I asked her to explain her poor performance in class and she responded nonchalantly, I had to step outside my house before I lost my cool.”
Regaining her cool, she decided to take a different approach. She decided to listen to her daughter. To not ask questions and demand answers, but to listen to what her daughter had to say, and go from there. This positive shift instantly yielded positive results.
You can read the article here. “My Daughter Wasn’t Paying Attention in Class so I Did This.”
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