Do your children often interrupt you?
“Mum, Mum, MUM, Mum, Mmmmum”
They’re bursting with something to tell you; they have a lot to say. This usually happens when you’re talking to someone else; they’re tugging on your top, pulling on your arm and ‘Mum, Mum, Mum’ is repeated over and over again.
A few years ago my daughter used to do this all the time so I introduced a little technique that really helped both of us. As she’s growing up we don’t really need to use it as much anymore but I had to remind her of it last week and it prompted me to share.
So, If I’m talking and my daughter is bursting to tell me something all she has to do is place her hand on my wrist. I would then place my hand over her hand to acknowledge I knew she was waiting. Its as simple as that. No more ‘just hang on a minute’, ‘don’t interrupt’, ‘I’m talking’ etc.
Just a simple, but gentle form of communication that lets her know she’s been heard (but without the ‘Mum, Mum, Mum’ bit) and that I’ll speak to her as soon as I can. All she has to do is just wait a few seconds while I finish my sentence and I can then give her my complete attention.
It might take a few practice goes before you get there, but it’s really worth it. Let me know if you try it.