How To Get Your Kids To Listen The First Time.One of the biggest complaints parents have about their children is how they don’t listen the first time they speak to them. They feel like a broken record, asking the same thing over and over again. Before long, they find themselves yelling instructions because their children don’t listen. It’s a common thing every parent experiences one time or another, with some parents experiencing it more than others.
The big question is what can you do to get your child to listen the first time you ask them to do something?
Honestly, you’ll have to stop blaming your kids for not listening and start changing your tactics on how you approach them. Kids have selective hearing and only hear what they want to hear. Repeating and yelling or shouting won’t do you any good. Do have better cooperation with your child, you’ll need to change your own behavior. We need to stop taking it personally that they’re not listening and accept that it’s not about you as a parent. Children need to learn how to act and we as parents need to teach them by example and getting mad at them is not how to do it. To get your kids to listen, follow these tips:
- Sit down with your kid to talk
Have a small chat with your kids and explain to them how you’re not going to shout when you ask them to do something, but that they’ll need to listen. Explain to them how shouting makes you feel and how happy you get when you don’t have to shout.
- Provide instructions in a firm and warm voice
Be firm with your instructions, but you don’t need to do it in a shouty, sarcastic voice. Instead have a nice tone that’ll most likely get you what you want. Remember the tone of your voice is everything.
- Model the behavior
To show that it’s a family rule to listen, you’ll need to model the behavior you want from your kids. You’ll need to listen to them when they need you since it’s a family rule everyone must follow.
- Get on their level
Don’t just tell them to do something from another room and get into their space. Go to them and get down to their level. Have them repeat back the instructions to you.
- Give positive feedback
When they listen to you the first time, give positive feedback to show them how much you appreciate their change of behavior.
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