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The Handy Hack To Stop Children Interrupting

Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! ... sound familiar? However much you adore your little one, there may be times when you want to have a conversation, or finish a sentence; without interruption.

The trouble is, that you may overflow with frustration after hearing this too many times, then regret shouting; or they may be hurt simply by the request to ‘wait a minute’.

But have you heard about this handy hack to stop interruptions, while still showing you care about them?

When your little one has something to tell you, but finds you in the middle of talking, or listening to what someone else is saying; they should gently put a hand on your arm. To signal that you know they’re there (and that you’ll chat to them as soon as there is a break in conversation,) just put your hand on top of theirs; or on their back.

It’s such a beautifully simple gesture; but is respectful to the child and you and the person you’re speaking with. Plus your little one can be proud of the (few seconds) patience waiting, and the 'secret code' that you share.

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Of course the one exception is that if there’s something genuinely urgent, such as someone being injured; they should know that it’s ok to interrupt (maybe you could add a special ‘emergency’ code word?!)

Often, a lot of tantrums stem from children’s concern that they’re not getting enough attention. But according to ‘Playful Parenting’, allocating just 20 minutes of one-on-one ‘floor time’ playing together every day, can actually reduce the number of tantrums they have in general. Sounds too simple to be true; but apparently, it works!

Have you tried it? And what are your tips for helping your little ones not to interrupt unnecessarily? We'd love to hear!

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About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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