Our kids are the centre of our worlds, and they know that, but that doesn’t mean we like them interrupting us every five minutes, demanding our attention! Sure, we know sometimes they’re just BURSTING to tell us something important, like the fact they saw a slug, or that their brother called them a “poo head”, but when mum’s talking to someone their constant interruptions can be tiresome.
Well one mum has a genius idea to stop these outbursts in one simple step. Mum blogger Kate, from An Everyday Story, with the help of a friend has found an effective way to stop kids from interrupting, while still showing them that they, and what they have to say, are important to us.
“I was chatting with her [her friend] one day when her (then 3-year-old) son wanted to say something. Instead of interrupting though, he simply placed his hand on her wrist and waited,” she said, recalling when she first saw the technique in action. “My friend placed her hand over his to acknowledge him and we continued chatting. After she had finished what she was saying, she turned to him. I was in awe!
“So simple. So gentle. So respectful of both the child and the adult. Her son only needed to wait a few seconds for my friend to finish her sentence. Then she gave him her complete attention.”
Kate says that she and her husband implemented the technique right away, explaining to their son that if mum or dad were already talking to someone, all they have to do is place their hand on either parent’s wrists and wait – and after a little practice, she says that the interrupting has now all but stopped!
We love this idea! What do you think mums? Will you be trying it? Or have you found any other techniques that work for you?
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