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Getting Kids to Listen the First Time

Getting Kids to Listen the First Time

My kid never listens to me.

 

Have you ever made that statement? Well, I may not have all the answers, but hopefully these suggestions will help change the dynamic between you and your kids—at least as it relates to assigned tasks anyway.

 

Before I explain my theory, there are a couple of things you must know and understand. First, kids always have choices, even if it’s something as simple as whether to cooperate with you or not. So you have to know what things you can control.

It probably comes as no surprise that our kids train us just as much (if not more than) we train them. So with that in mind, Rule #1 of getting your child to listen is to say what you mean and mean what you say!

As parents, we have to train our children to respond when we ask something the first time. Whether you realize it or not, kids know when you’re playing with them and when you are not, so train them that just because you are smiling does not mean you’re not being serious.

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Set the expectation that doing what they are told is not optional and that they will do what you say the first time. If you have to repeat yourself – believe me, in the beginning you will repeat yourself – state the command again and give them a consequence.

 

For example, if you want your child to stop running in the house you would say something like this: “We walk in the house. This is the second time I told you to walk in the house. If I have to tell you again, you will sit on the couch for five minutes.” When they do it again, you should say, “This is my third time telling you we walk in the house. Now come sit on the couch.”

 

That’s all there is to it. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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Kishia Saffold
Author: Kishia Saffold

Kishia Saffold is the owner of Kiddie Care Learning Center in Dothan and Enterprise. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University and a B.A. in Communication from Alabama State University. She is a wife to Jeffery and mother to daughter, Kiera.

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Getting Kids to Listen the First Time

by Kishia Saffold time to read: 2 min