Most parents have been interrupted mid-conversation by an eager and enthusiastic child. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it can certainly lead to frustration on both ends. Parents are often met with “You’re not listening to me!” while kids who feel ignored may hear, “You’re being rude!” In this video, “Mom Coach Kirsten” — an internationally certified Life Coach and Professional Speaker — offers up an easy and effective technique on how to teach kids to stop interrupting when you are talking. Kirsten says this trick helps even her youngest kids.
There are four steps to this simple trick of which kids can practice and master in as little as one week’s time:
  1. Have your child place his or her hand hand on your shoulder.
  2. Place your hand on top of theirs to acknowledge he or she wants your attention.
  3. Politely excuse from your current conversation.
  4. Turn to your child, remove his or her hand from your shoulder and give your full attention.
This technique utilizes good manners and can even help boost a child’s self-esteem. What do you think?
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