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How To Help Your Preschool Child To Listen

May 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Communication is very important at home. Learning how to talk with your kids is a major part of discipline. Many parents find it frustrating to talk to their children because their kids sometimes have selective hearing, which means they will only respond to things they wanted to hear. A child who stubbornly refuses to respond to simple calls can make every day living a struggle. Here are effective ways that parents use to help their children particularly preschoolers to listen:

Call Your Child By Name Many parents call their children by nicknames like Sweet Pea, Hannah Banana and Little Princess. If your child is already big enough to be called by her nickname, you may want to address your child with her first name. Talk to your child and ask her if she prefers to be called by her first name or by her nickname. Also, you may want to start your request with your child's name, for example, "Savine, will you please..."

Offer Choices Involve your kid with the decision making. Maybe, your kid is not listening to you because you are being so bossy and you want to do everything your way. The next time you are picking shirt for your daughter, ask her what she prefers to wear, "the pink blouse or the white dress?"

Talk To Your Child Where He Can See You When talking to your child, do not shout from the next room. If you can, get down to your child's height and make sure you talk eye to eye.

Talk To Your Kids On How You Want Them To Talk To You To get your child to listen, assess the way you communicate with your child. If you are the type of parent who always talks as if you are mad with someone, try to change the tone of your voice when you talk to your kid. Even a toddler can learn how to say "Excuse me" or "Please". Do not let your children feel that having manners is optional. If you want your kids to be polite, be courteous to them as well.

Use Clear Commands When giving commands and requests make it short and direct to the point. If you want your kids to sleep at 8pm. You can simply say, "8, bedtime."

Choose Your Words If you want to have good communication with your kids, try to avoid using accusing, criticizing and threatening words. Instead of using these words, you can give facts like "I can see candy wrappers on the table" or "There's paint on the wall". Moreover, try to avoid giving lectures. If you are seeing something you don't like, you can use one word to describe it like "Shoes!" or "Lights!"

When Your Child Is Talking, Listen If you want your child to listen to you when you are talking to them, do the same when they are the one talking to you. Never ignore them. If you are busy, you can tell your child to give you a minute to attend to what you are doing and you will get back to her. Just keep your promise. When you are already talking to your kid, listen attentively. Do not cut her while she is talking. You may to acknowledge what your child is saying by giving non-committal responses like "Hmm", "I see," or "Oh".

Above are ways on how to help your kids to listen to you. Certainly, it takes time for a person especially kids to become good listeners. Also, it may take time for you to stay calm and composed when giving directions and requests to your kids. In the meantime, continue to be optimistic and do not give up on first try.

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