Listening is an important skill to have in all relationships, but for adult children of parents who may need assistance the ability to listen can be crucial to successful outcomes for the whole family. Even before a conversation about long-term care needs and wants takes place, there can be subtle hints dropped in other chats. A good listener will be one step ahead when it comes time to make decisions for the whole family.
When people feel heard, it can reduce frustration and anger, therefore making change more possible between all parties. If you want to become a better listener, follow these tips:
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