Do you ever get the feeling that your children aren't listening to your instructions? You have just offered an ocean of wise counsel but your little sailor seems to be floating in an entirely different sea.
You recognize the warning signs: glazed over eyes, a robotic nod of the head during inappropriate segments of the conversation, an occasional "uh, huh," and that irritating sigh of impatience that says, "How much longer is this woman going to talk?"
Teaching children to listen to advice and accept instruction is of vital importance for their character development. Solomon reiterates the wisdom of heeding instruction in Proverbs 19:20, "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise."
All parents desire their children to listen and to heed their instructions, yet many parents are frustrated by their children's lack of attentiveness. The problem often lies not in the child's inability to listen but in the parent's inability effectively to communicate.
In order to talk so your child will listen, consider the following guidelines:
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