How many of you have kids that interrupt you with whatever the heck you are doing? My 4 year old is getting very annoying (Yes-Annoying) with this. Whenever she has something to say or ask, she has no regard for anything else going on in the area..whether Im talking to someone else, doing something, on the phone, etc..
Well-there is an official interrupt rule...here it is
Here’s how it works: When two adults are talking and a child needs to interrupt, they simply put their hand on their parents arm or shoulder. The child waits patiently without speaking.
By maintaining contact, the parent knows the child has a need. The parent can touch their child’s hand to acknowledge its presence.
The parent can continue in their conversation until there is a natural pause or good moment to address the child. ” Thank you for waiting Palmer, what can I help you with?” The child’s needs have been met and were addressed with undivided attention at a moment determined by the parent.
I also have been known to hide in my closet when talking on the phone to avoid being interrupted; so I have implemented the Interrupt Rule when I am on the phone. My children don’t wait forever, but this gives me a few moments to finish up my conversation before shifting gears.
In addition to the obvious lesson in patience, the Interrupt Rule teaches children to honor and respect their elders and the conversations amongst them.