Kathleen Grey, in the Exchange article, “Not in Praise of Praise,” describes what happened when she first learned about reflective listening. “This is a respectful and reflective communication style…I discovered that reflecting back to children what they are doing, and what I perceive that they are feeling, reinforces their sense of themselves in such a way that they feel strengthened and validated as potent, competent, worthwhile human beings…
The reflective listening style of communicating felt so clear, uncomplicated, honest, and real that I just sank into it with a great sense of relief…Even when I had to set limits, I experienced the companionship that comes with genuine connection and the shared knowledge that the limits were set in the interest of continued growth.”
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Isn't it very important to have a balance in communication, regarding listening and expressing with a child, as well as giving them a mixture of encouragement and praise?