1. Are they hungry?
2. Are they tired?
3. Have you been paying attention to them?
4. When we don’t respond right away to them, we aren’t modeling good listening skills.
5. Would a change of scenery help I.e. Go outside?
When you speak to them…
1. Get down on their level
2. Hold their hand to help them focus on you
3. Ask them to repeat what you said, if and only if they have the verbal skills to do this
4. Use positive words and tone when speaking to them
What doesn’t work is yelling, spanking, punishing, or threatening them. Think about it… if you were having a problem like not being able to focus because you are hungry, would someone yelling at you or even spanking you get you to focus better? Probably not. Treat your children how you as an adult would like to be treated.
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.