Last year Country Boy and I were getting increasingly frustrated with the kids when they would interrupt a conversation by just talking over us. We could be talking on the phone, to a friend, or each other, and they would just start talking and keep going until we had to stop and answer them. It’s not that we didn’t want to hear what they were saying, but they needed to learn an appropriate way to speak to us when we were already talking to someone else.
Ignoring wasn’t working because they would just keep going until we told them to stop interrupting, by which time our conversation had already been broken into.
We had tried talking to them at another time, but had seen no improvement.
Over the summer holidays we saw both saw this article shared on facebook which suggested teaching kids to get your attention in a non verbal, non disruptive way, by having them place their hand on your wrist and wait. You can acknowledge them waiting by placing your hand over theirs. Once you had finished your conversation (or had an appropriate break), you can give your attention to your child.
We loved the idea because it was simple, respectful to both adults and children, and it gave them a positive behaviour to get our attention, replacing the barging in and talking.
We sat the kids down and showed them how we would like them to get our attention when we were talking to someone else. We even role played, with us talking and them placing their hand on our wrist to get our attention.
Two months on, and I can say it works. Particularly with the younger two. The number of times they just start talking has dramatically dropped. Occasionally they need reminding, but we just need to tap our wrist, and they remember.
I wish I had heard about this technique years ago. Give it a go!
Do your kids interrupt? Got any other tricks to stop it happening?