Tired of being interrupted by your child?

Mom & Dad trying to talk.  Image courtesy of www.123rf.com.
Mom & Dad trying to talk. Image courtesy of www.123rf.com.

I remember never being able to have a phone conversation when our boys were living at home.  It didn't matter if they were 2 years old, or 17 years old.  Come to think of it, it continues to happen when they come home to visit. 

 What have you tried to get your kids to stop interrupting you?

 A.  I have told her at least a hundred times to stop interrupting me.

 B.  I told him  that I would be off in five minutes, and when he was younger, gave him my watch and showed him what the numbers would be when the five minutes was up.

 C.  I only spent time with my children when they were home, so there were no interruptions.

 D.  Every time my child was involved with someone else, I would interrupt her, so she would learn what it feels like.

 Please post your responses in the "comments" section, and read next week's blog for the Positive Discipline way of dealing with being interrupted by your kids.

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Steven R DeVaux December 13, 2013 at 06:29 AM
I did it back to them when they were with their friends and when they commented we had a discussion. They actually saw the point clearly, apologized and agreed. Never happened again after that except in emergencies.
Carol Dores December 13, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Thats's an interesting approach. Thanks for sharing it with us. Anyone else?
Msb December 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM
My kids are my top priority. When they want to talk to me, I excuse myself from my other conversation, and listen to them.
Carol Dores December 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Another interesting approach! Thanks for sharing it with us. Anyone else?
Leslie Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 06:08 AM
This country if loaded with lousy parents. Soon they'll be college classes and diplomas before delivering.
Jim December 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM
A little less wine before commenting Leslie. Just a suggestion.
Leslie Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM
You might dink, I dont. I have two outstanding children who have shown me what's wrong with your methods. THis is serious, your sarcasm reveals certain inadequacies.
John Hawley December 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM
My kids were raised to understand that if you misbehaved there were consequences. They learned that when either of us gave them some direction they were to tow the line but we could always talk about it. I used my voice and my wife and I supported each other. They learned that they could come to either my wife or myself with problems or questions. Never had to hit them in any way. Our kids were absolutely no problem throughout their upraising and today with their own children. l
Leslie Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM
So it is exactly.
Carol Dores December 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM
@John - Thanks for sharing! I'd also suggest for those interested to check out the follow up to this post - found here: http://brookfield.patch.com/groups/carol-doress-blog/p/tired-of-being-interrupted-by-your-child_09b74f3a


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