Ever notice how Prince William engages his toddler, Prince George? There are tons of photos taken of the father and son showing how the Duke of Cambridge has a signature move when talking to his 3-year-old. He crouches down to the little boy's level so that his eyes meets his son's eyes. Experts call this "active listening" and it's something that dads, and even moms, must emulate.
People noticed that Prince William crouches down a lot when he is with his son and this actually helps him make a connection with Prince George. At one point, he even got in trouble for squatting down for Prince George while on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Prince William was engaging his son during the Trooping the Color rite, but Queen Elizabeth did not appreciate him squatting down in front of the public at a monumental event, per ABC.
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However, an expert in child development, Gill Connel, approves of squatting towards the level of the child as it tells how much they matter to the parents. It's a simple gesture that can "foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging him to communicate even more," Connel said.
The Center For Parenting Education cites that active listening should be part of the "parenting toolbelt" that moms and dad must use. Aside from the proper moves, it also involves proper demeanor. Parents should take time in understanding what the child is conveying, meaning moms and dads have to stop what they are doing and focus on the child. They should also acknowledge the child's perceptions with objectivity, without pushing or stopping them when they are trying to communicate.
Active listening has to do with emotions as well and in toddlers, this might be more challenging to facilitate because they are still trying to process and understand these emotions themselves. The CDC cites that parents don't always get active listening right all the time, which might lead to tantrums in children. But fret not, this is a learning moment for both child and parent.
Below is an example of active listening. Watch the video.
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