3 Simple Ways To Discourage Your Children From Interrupting Conversations
You have probably been there. You're busy or having a conversation with a friend and your lovable toddler sees it as an opportunity to show you her new toy for the umpteenth time. You realise you probably need to teach your kids the art of effective communication.
First off, keep in mind that interrupting is normal for young children. Sometimes, it may be because they are impulsive or they just do not have any other tool to use in such a situation. Kids naturally want to participate in our conversation and that's why your child may start talking about his toy cars if he hears you having a discussion with someone about cars.
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1. Show them how it's done
Teach them how to have respectful communication by modelling the same for them. For instance, tell your child you are about to pick her up before doing so. Give her a heads-up for when playtime is about to be over instead of just suddenly taking her out of the play area. In addition, during a conversation, let them finish their stories and thoughts without interrupting to correct or console.
2. Try a code or hand gesture
You can try holding your hand up gently when your child interrupts to let him know that while you hear him, you cannot respond at that time. You can even create one for a shorter wait and a longer one. When they get the longer one, they will know to go play and come back later.
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3. Adjust expectations
You will not teach your children how to communicate effectively overnight. It takes practice but soon enough, you will have yourself a respectful kid that says "excuse me, mum," instead of blurting out their thoughts at any time.
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Kids will still be kids, but it is important to teach them the tools as early as possible so as they get older, they will get better with communication.