My mother-in-law jokes that husbands have selective hearing, but I think my child flat out ignores me at times. It's a common source of frustration and I wonder what I can do so Kellan doesn't make a habit of tuning me out.
I am trying to make more eye contact when I talk to Kellan. It sounds like a given, but I realize that I don't make eye contact when it matters. For example, when I am putting away the breakfast dishes and I ask Kellan to grab his jacket and shoes so we can leave for school, he often doesn't respond. I should make eye contact so my request makes an impact.
My husband and I also try not to talk exclusively about adult matters when we have dinner together. It's easy for parents to do since dinner is a convenient time for adults to catch up, but it can leave little ones out. Not that a preschooler is always great at carrying on a conversation, still it's important to always include them and for parents to practice their listening skills.
Another thing I've been doing is asking Kellan to repeat what I just said. I notice it helps to reduce tantrums. If we are having fun somewhere and it's almost time to go, I give him a five-minute warning, then I ask him to repeat what I just said.
There are activities you can
do with your child to improve her listening skills. What are some of
the things you do to encourage your child to listen?
There are activities you can do with your child to improve her listening skills. What are some of the things you do to encourage your child to listen?