The Listening Game
The game is fun and great training for a family or group of friends. It can be used at a dinner table or any time you turn off the television for family time.
- The Talker-Listener Card gives everyone a turn to talk and be heard.
- Most kids love to play games and they all understand taking turns and fairness.
- Youngsters love to catch a parent or sibling not playing by the rules, that is, forgeting to take turns, not listening, or talking out of turn.
- Everyone in the family gets a turn to talk and be heard. After the kids have had their turns, they have to take a turn listening to their parents and even ask what’s going on that is important to them and that is when magic happens.
"Youngsters love to catch a parent
or sibling not playing by the rules"
The game also prepares the way for handling conflict constructively within a family. A method is in place when a crisis or a bump in the road occurs. Someone grabs the card off the mantle and each member of the family gets to talk and be heard as well as listen to the others.
Everyone gets to learn new skills in talking and listening at critical times. When a problem arises and the card comes out, family patterns can change from avoidance, lectures and arguing to listening and problem solving.
Here's what others have to say about Talker/Listener cards:
"What an eye-opener! When I started the books I thought I was a good listener. But, now I know better. I am a card carrying, listener/talker now!" - Jim Misko, Author and Commercial Realtor, Anchorage, AK
"The Talker Listener Card is a helpful adjunct to counseling. Clients are specifically reminded of how to carry their experience from therapy into other important relationships." - Donald W. Swain, Psy.D., Psychologist, Beaverton, OR