If you are reading this section, I am confident that getting your kids to listen is no new struggle for you as a parent. I swear, kids seem to be hard-wired to test their parents through means of not listening to them, telling them, “No”, or trying to manipulate themselves out of a task they have been asked to do. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if your kids did as they were told?
The truth is…our kids’ dynamic ability to continue to test us through not listening is completely normal. Do you know what else is completely normal?? Parents who dream of more peaceful days where their children actually listen to what they are told!
Here are some ideas for you to try to make that dream a reality.
- Make eye contact with your child before and during your request to them. If they are of a young age, get down on their level when speaking to them. It is unrealistic to expect that shouting between rooms will get the job done.
- Have your child repeat what they are to do. That way both of you have a clear understanding of each other.
I know how extremely frustrating and annoying it can be when you are attempting to get your child to do something and they pretend that you haven’t spoken a word! I’ve been there more times than I can count!
Take the control back!
One way to do this is to create a plan and then use consequences consistently! Do you know that consequences don’t only mean something negative happens? There are actually three types of consequences!
Find out more about consequences and consistency by snagging your listening list!
Children who do not listen is one of the most common parenting concerns out there. As parents, we would like our children to follow each request. Reality quickly pulls us back when we encounter daily struggles in this area. Whether your child is not paying attention to you, is being defiant, or doesn’t seem motivated; there are solutions for you!