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Getting Your Child to Listen to You

Do you ever just get frustrated by the way you are ignored every time you have something important to say to your child? I feel like I’m talking to the wall at times. I think at one point, I actually did without realising the child had got bored listening to me and went to another room. There are so many reasons for this type of behavior from your child followed by as many solutions, too.

For starters, you need to make sure you use the right tone of voice – be positive and confident about what you are saying. Try to calm yourself down a little before venturing into an argument. Go over the words you want to use once, to make sure your words are kept simple yet firm. You also need to focus on building trust and speaking the truth. Don’t exaggerate outcomes for their behavior – children are not as dumb as we think and you will just end up teaching them how to lie and not trust you. Let’s face it, they know their teeth are not going to fall out overnight by having that extra sweet for e.g.

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Reading With Your Children

I’ve very fond memories of my mother reading and telling stories to me at night when I was a child.  She had the ‘gift of the gab’ as we say in Ireland.  Now that I have my own children I can see the importance of reading to them.  For me in the early stages, I found the little picture touch feel novelty books were great for helping my children with their sounds and senses.  Reading to them was another way of them hearing your voice and sharing an experience together, and that for me created a nice little bond.  Even if you have to point and say apple a 100 times it’s important.  You’re the first voice they know and it’s a great way of communicating with them and teaching them to speak and express themselves.

 

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As they got older the Continue reading