How many times have you asked your children to do something, only to be met with blatant disregard? This is a very common problem for any parent. While every parent wants their child to listen to him or her, there is a right way to promote listening and following in children. Thankfully, there are a few great tips that you can follow to better encourage your own children to listen more attentively to you.
One of the most common mistakes parents make is that they demand everything to be done immediately. Very often, tasks do not have to be done ‘now.’ Procrastination is a bad habit to build, but setting a reasonable timetable for your child to do something is a great idea.
Be reasonable with your children. Often, they don’t like the pressure of having to do things right away and follow directions better if they have a little leeway. If they do forget, as children often have a low attention span, give only gentle reminders to accomplish the task you’ve set before them.
If you want to attain and hold your child’s attention, shouting is not the way to go. Even in adults, shouting only hinders proper listening. Speak calmly when asking your child to do something and if they don’t listen at first, speak even softer. This way, they will strain to hear what you say and thereby give more focus to you.
Children also don’t like to be interrupted from whatever they were doing before you asked them to do something else. While play may not seem important to you, it is how children learn most effectively, so try to be respectful of their time as much as possible.
In any childcare situation, every parent in Perth wants their child to listen to them when asked to do something. At home or at daycare in Perth, it is important to speak gently and be respectful of children so that they will listen to you.
To learn more about how we promote good listening at each of the Cuddles childcare centres, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.