Children are one the greatest gift to parents. They are full of love and laughter! However, sometimes those bundles of joy can become quite rambunctious! Manners may go out the window leading kids to interrupt their parents for the simplest of reasons. There is a simple solution to teaching your children to not interrupt and it starts with your hands.
Kate, of An Everyday Story blog, is a mom of two who shares parenting and family tips. Recently, she was visiting with a friend of hers when she first witnessed the trick to prevent children from interrupting their parents. She writes,
"Instead of interrupting though, he simply placed his hand on her wrist and waited. My friend placed her hand over his to acknowledge him and we continued chatting."
Such a simple gesture, but yet it was quite powerful.
Kate and her friend continued with their conversation and her friend's son simply waited with his hand resting atop his mothers. Kate continues,
"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."
Body language is quite powerful, especially when it involves touch. After his mom acknowledges his hand, the little boy knew that he would get his mom's attention as soon as she was finished and then he could share what he needed.
Kate was in awe of the simplicity of it all and wanted to try it with her own children. She explained to her two kids that if someone is already speaking then they need to place their hand on her wrist and wait. How did it go, you might ask? Kate says,
"It took some practice and a few light taps on our own wrists as gentle reminders but I am so happy to report that the interrupting has all but stopped!!"
Practice makes perfect and her children quickly caught on!
Watch the video to see one Mom put this parenting technique into action.
A Touch Of The Wrist
Sometimes, the simplest of gestures says the most! It may take time, but this trick could be just what you've been looking for. Children are only young for so long, take the time to enjoy their stories and laughter, but remind them manners are important as well.