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Why Everyone Needs a Listening Ear »

A Valued Listener
Part 1 of 2

Your frustrations are simply a sign that you are growing up and starting to learn to be an adult. No longer are all your choices being made for you. Now, and for the foreseeable future, you're going to be taking on more and more responsibilities and, with those, comes more pressure. 

How to Find Someone Who Listens »

A Valued Listener
Part 2 of 2

As we discussed in Part One, young people experience many demands in school . . . from teachers, coaches, friends, and extracurricular activities. In addition to some of these, you may also have household chores, a part-time job, or be responsible for taking care of siblings, neighborhood kids, or an elder relative. 

What it Means to Be a Good Listener  »

Listen Up!
Part 1 of 2

When you’re told, “Listen!” by someone, most often you think, “I need to hear this.” Listen to your teacher’s instructions; listen to your parents’ rules; listen to the information your friend is sharing. But listening is so much more than hearing. It’s what happens when we not only open our ears, but also open our minds – and sometimes our hearts – to another person. 

5 Fool-Proof Ways to Become a Better Listener »

Listen Up!
Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, we discussed why listening well is so important; now, it’s time to learn how to do it. First, we’ll take a look at what not to do; this will help you avoid common mistakes that get in the way of opening our minds and hearts to others. Then, we’ll focus on ways to beef up your listening skills in our Active Listening Action Plan.