I saw a close friend use this strategy, and I decided to implement it right away. What do kids do when they need to ask you a question and you are in another conversation? They need a strategy. You need a strategy, or you will go insane. What I now do is when our child needs my attention, and I am in another conversation (on the phone or in person) they come up to me and put their hand on my leg. I then put my hand on their hand to indicate, “I know you need my attention, and I’ll find a good time to stop the conversation and attend to your needs.” Then, I do just that. I teach them to be patient and wait until I can find an appropriate time to pause. I try to teach things like this through role play and game before the moment. So, we all get our pretend phones out and take turns playing out this strategy.
Day #55 Tip – When They Need to Interupt
February 24, 2012 by 5 Comments