listening skills

Why is it that so many young people are so loathe to talk to their caregivers about bullying? The more I ask students this question, the more often they tell me some version of this frustrated rationale.
Listening makes the other person feel important and respected.
Dave Kerpen, Founder & CEO of Likeable Local, a social media agency and NY Times best-selling author recently published; "The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want."
Parents need to be around when it matters for their kids - crisis times such as down days, difficult exams, relationship breakdowns, changes in family dynamics and important transition times. How do you know what stresses them out? How do you make it clear that you are available anytime your child needs to talk.
Children are growing accustomed to visiting friends' homes that are very different from their own and accepting changes in their friends' lives. The key to learning and accepting the unknown is for parents and children to be able to talk about what they don't understand.
I truly believe we could go places together -- we could change things -- if we'd only recover the lost art of listening.