Have you ever looked at other people’s children and wondered why they’re so well behaved, while your children aren’t? Can you take your children to a restaurant and make it through a meal without being frustrated? Can you have a conversation with another adult without being interrupted? We’ve all been there, we’ve all been frustrated with our kids and struggled with how to make them behave.
First, teach them HOW to LISTEN!
Once they learn how to listen, they need to practice! You want them to develop this skill well enough for it to become second nature. My favorite way to do this, is through games. We’ve all played Telephone before. That’s a great way to start. Another idea is to play the “Tell Me What I Said Game,” (directions: http://mosswoodconnections.com/activities/new-auditory-processing-activities/tell-me-what-i-said/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes)
Make it fun for them! All kids love games!
Then Teach them HOW to OBEY!
The most successful way I’ve seen this accomplished is what I affectionately refer to as “Puppy Training.” Everyone knows you train a new puppy to obey with simple commands such as: sit, stay, and come. Not everyone knows that this works well for little human babies too! Teach your child to obey your command by standing a few feet away and telling them to come to you. When the child obeys, make a huge deal by lavishing them with praise. Repeat a few times and then back farther away. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat…. As many times/days/weeks as it takes. If your child learns, but then starts to forget, train them again! The ultimate goal is that your child should come to you whenever you call to them without any questions or hesitations.