Listening is another important step in how to be a good parent.If your child is anything like mine, she has way more to say than time in the day. Even though I can’t sit down and listen to everything that pops into that funny little head of her I do set aside time each day, distraction free to listen. She tells me about her friends, her Bieber Fever, great ideas, her dreams for a beach house, and any concerns she may have at the moment. She talks. I listen.