Active listening

The Saturday following my reading of the 1st chapter of how to talk so kids will listen…,we are in the street, and León (3 and a half years) gets upset because he can’t carry his tricycle. He bangs himself in the process.
I walk back to him, willing to suggest to ask for my help, or to go back and leave the tricycle  at home, and then I change my mind.
Instead, I use my new skills of active listening:
“You wanted to carry the tricycle?
-Yes!
– and you can’t?
-No…
– …
– hold on (he calms down), I’ll put it like that, yes, here we are!”
And off he goes!

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